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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-02-2016 05:13 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2016 05:13 PM

I’m sure this has come up before, but what grit do you folks final sand too on your turnings. I usually sand to 600G
but I read an article by a guy that sands to 2000 G. That seems a bit excessive to me. What cha think?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-02-2016 05:21 PM

It is, IMHO, a matter of personal preference, and the project itself.

A lot has to do with the finish that you are looking for.

If you are looking for a high gloss (e.g. like many pen turners prefer), the finer grits are a way to get there. The micro-mesh pads I use on acrylics go up to12000 grit.

On most bowls, I’ll go to either400, 500, or 600 depending on the wood and the finish I plan to use.

On utilitarian items (e.g. handles, etc.) I stop at 240.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 12:12 AM

Depends on what it is. If it’s anything utilitarian like a tool handle I go to 400 and then burnish with a handful of sawdust. I have polished things on the lathe up to 2000 grit then went to wax and paper towel.


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#4 posted 07-03-2016 06:11 AM

Mark, I usually sand 400g but at times I will go to 600g on some plywood. It is a personal choice really.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 12:57 PM

Usually 600, but sometimes finer depending on the wood and look I want.

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 02:37 PM

I agree w/thedane. Wood turnings up to 320-600, and anything acrylic is wet sanded up to 12000, imo.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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