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#1 posted 09-21-2012 01:49 PM

I’m currently working on a few boards with maple and purpleheart. I too use the router to level one side then use my drum sander to level the other side, and then remove the tool marks from the router. I’m starting with 80 grit on the drum sander. I then use my random orbit sander first 100, 120, 180 then the final at 220. I wipe between each grit with a damp sponge using water only, letting the board dry between wipes. After the final sanding with 220, I use compressed air to blow off the dust, and don’t have any dust carryover that I can detect. I use mineral oil with some bees wax for my finishes.

The idea of using the salad bowl finish is interesting prior to sanding. I’ve made a few boards over the years. Each time I do these I’ve made some improvements in technique. The improvements come from doing some experimentation. This is the fun part for me. May I suggest doing some experimentation and update the post with your results.

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