Finishing end grain on a bowl turned on teh Ring Master Lathe

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Forum topic by Glenn Huovinen posted 02-26-2016 10:04 PM 290 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Glenn Huovinen

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02-26-2016 10:04 PM

On my Ring Master bowls and vases I get beautiful finishes using the Shelwax products. But end grain ends up looking …not so much! I take it to 800 grit and I still get a crumby finish on the end grain, especially on woods like Sapale which I guess is rather soft. Do I need to stick with harder woods or is there a technique that will give me that near perfect finish. I only use the Ring Master Lathe so I cannot reverse the direction of the turn. Any help out there?

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 01:10 AM

Like you using the RM is a bunch of fun. I understand about the end grain problems. Have been experimenting with fixes for a long time and do fairly well most of the time. I do finish RM bowls on my Nova lathe. I find with a sharp (very sharp) bowl gouge you can cut away most all the end grain.

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