|Forum topic by Lisa Chan||posted 10-23-2009 08:47 PM||2406 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-23-2009 08:47 PM
I hope I got this into the right forum.
OK… I realize that this question could potentially start safety vs. utility arguments so lets all promise to be kind. I’m asking for personal experiences about why one does or does not use steel wool for finishing at the lathe.
I’m seeing conflicting advice at different places… some have recommend light (low speed) buffing with fine steel wool at the end of the project.
Other guys insist that you never bring steel wool to the moving lathe.
Why yes and why no? Is it for danger reasons? Specifically… what could happen? Finger gets wrapped up and ripped off? Can it create dangerous particles?
I bring this up because I’ve not mastered tool sharpening (working on it, I promise) and using a skew to make fine clean finishing cuts on narrow and bendy spindles. So, I have been using sand paper to get close to my desired diameter. I’m making very thin things like knitting needles and yarn spindle shafts.
I’m sanding some very OILY woods and that has clogged up my abrasives like crazy. It seemed wasteful to me to be tossing out so much paper and I had wondered if there were more efficient ways to finish while I’m still working on my skew and shaping skills. Steel wool came to mind…
Thanks for considering my newbie question.
-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com