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Forum topic by GoGoZRX posted 12-15-2009 06:41 PM 798 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2009 06:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe finishing sanding inept crazy idea

I’ve been using the Norton 3x sandpaper, and I really love it… but the highest I’ve found it is 400-ish, and I want to go further. Sure, I could get finer and finer papers, but paper gets hot when used on the lathe.

I just heard yesterday about EEE polish, and it reminded me of an idea that I had a month or so ago: alternative polishes.

My first thought was toothpaste. then I though of Jewler’s Rouge, Automotive Rubbing compound, and automotive “cleaning wax.”

am I crazy? will any of these alternatives work?

-- chip junkie, motorcyclist, skydiver, geek.

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#1 posted 12-15-2009 07:04 PM

Possibly. But check out pumice and rottenstone. They both come in a powder form..pumice is slightly coarser than rottenstone. You apply them to the surface with a bit of paraffin oil to make a paste. The end result is the ultimate smooth-as-glass finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 06:00 PM

I picked up some 4F pumice and some rottenstone… I sanded to 400, then used the pumice. I put some of the paraffin oil on a rag, and sprinkled on the pumice. Needless to say, I was quite surprised when the white powder turned ashy, but I cranked up the speed on the lathe and went at it. In short order, the surface was gleaming!
“I can’t wait to try out the rottenstone!” Or so I thought…

it seems to have gotten into the ?pores? of the wood.


I’ve gone back down the grit ladder at this point. The pictures at the above link are after I hit it with some 220. So far, there’s been no change to the stain in the pores.

-- chip junkie, motorcyclist, skydiver, geek.

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