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Jack Lewis

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01-04-2017 12:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: techniques sanding finishing eucalyptus

This topic, I invite EVERYONE to add to it, their experiences. This probably belongs in woodturning except there is so much experience elsewhere.
It is the unusual and different treatments of sanding and finishing that differ from species to species required and results attained with pics.

I will start it off with my latest:

Species: Red Gum or Eucalyptus
Expected results: Glossy shine
Problem: End grain tearout in sap wood endgrain.
1st attempt to correct: Very light shear scraping, most but not all of tearout removed.
Next attempt: Heavy sanding with 50 and 80 grit. Failed to remove the most severe.
Final: sanding with BLO and 120 grit which removed more and “filled” the remainder of tearout.
More: Sanding up to 600 grit without and additional BLO.
Allow the BLO 24 hours to cure before several coats of rattle can laqueur with 600 grit light sanding between every two coats.
Wax with beeswax and mineral oil mixed and power buff when dry.
Pics to follow

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#1 posted 01-04-2017 05:09 AM

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 09:29 PM

Did the BLO cure sufficiently in 24 hours? It has always seemed to take much longer for it to cure for me. I was wondering if the lacquer would impede any additional curing that the BLO may need to do?

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Jack Lewis

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 03:46 PM



Did the BLO cure sufficiently in 24 hours? It has always seemed to take much longer for it to cure for me. I was wondering if the lacquer would impede any additional curing that the BLO may need to do?

- Mark Shymanski


In this project several factors entered into the final results. The wood was extremely dry, the sanding absorbed the BLO and created a slush on the surface. But it did eliminate dust and the slush was so heavy I needed to remove it with a solvent which probably removed almost all of the BLO also. It has been over three weeks and I haven’t seen any deterioration of the Lacquer finish as yet. I am watching it as this was my first attempt.
Hope others enter their experiences into this subject. I can learn from them too.

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#4 posted 01-25-2017 07:21 PM

So, from your experience with red gum/eucalyptus, is worth a try ?

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#5 posted 01-25-2017 08:57 PM



So, from your experience with red gum/eucalyptus, is worth a try ?

- Jimbo4

I personally love it. The grain is very dense and powdery, it sands beautifully and Eucalyptus grows in very large pieces. It does crack somewhat but the cracks add character and test my ability to make them part of the design. I have some citrus also and it being a light wood lends itself to fractal burning which also goes well with black dyed crack repairs. Some of my best sales lately are pieces that have flaws, inclusions, knot holes and cracks. Go figure! People do love the red color vice brown or paler woods. Good accent for a center piece bowl that doesn’t hold soup.

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#6 posted 01-25-2017 10:27 PM

Thanks Jack. I’ll be getting me a chunk from my favorite local supplier. I’ve had some success with sales that have flaws, etc., but kinda erratic. Haven’t tried the fractal burning yet – got bit by a 220 some years back that knocked me on my can for a few days – so kinda shy of it.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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