Redwood Burl.....on the Lathe

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Forum topic by BigD1 posted 11-30-2011 06:36 AM 1271 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2011 06:36 AM

Okay wood workers. I need some imput from the team. I have a Redwood Burl on the lathe, that I am turning into a vessel. I’m at the point of sanding the wood, to get it ready for a finish. There is lots of Birds Eye in this piece. The problem I am having is, I’m up tp 400-600 grit paper, and I still have sanding lines in the wood. I have even used 0000 Steel Wool….still have lines. What must I do to it that mirror image finish, in the sanding stage of my project. Any news will help. Also, what is a great finish to cap off my project. Thanks for your feedback. BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 11-30-2011 08:08 AM

I just had a thought. How about if I use an open cut emery cloth to sand my burl. I’ll try that. I’m thinking the lines are caused by the dust being trapped between the sand paper and the wood…..leaving no place for the dust to go. Thanks

-- Donald Baty

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#2 posted 11-30-2011 09:38 AM

Try Abranet. It’s available from Woodcraaft, Craft Supply, PSI, & others. Also might give PSI’s EEE Ultra Shine a try. They just got it back in stock.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 11-30-2011 03:16 PM

get a sorby sandmaster or its equivalent. I have been using mine for over a year and it works great. However I think I will be getting PSI’s next. It has bearings in it instead of brass sleeves.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 03:42 PM

Sometimes I just have to take a piece off the lathe and hand sand it in the opposite direction.

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

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