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Forum topic by moke posted 07-13-2012 02:39 PM 720 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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moke

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07-13-2012 02:39 PM

I started turning bowls a few weeks ago. I started turning other things after a multi-year addiction to turning pens sparked other turning interests. The issue I had was continuous sanding to get a soudo flawless finish. I recently ordered and used the Klingspor 2” sponge backed discs. I used it on my cordlees drill. This seemed to me to be an awesome and quick way to finish the bowls.

I am unsure as to where to position the disc while the sanding is being done. Another words if the bowl was a clock where do you position the disc…I thought maybe 2 to 3 oclock….
Also, if anyone would share alternative sanding methods and what you are using as a finish….I have just been usung three coats of General Finishes “Bowl Finish”

Thanks…any and all advice is appreciated. I always gravitate to the posts concerning, “How I…. or How do you…”
this a great way to share knowledge and learn.
Mike


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#1 posted 07-13-2012 05:57 PM

I have used something similar from Klingspor, the discs and pads they sell for their “SandMaster”. I used them in a corded drill as they spin faster than cordless. I’m assuming you are also spinning the wood on the lathe. It seems to me that the exact “location” on an imaginary clock is not critical but given the c.c. rotation of the wood, I’d be about arbour height on the LHS, ie about 9 on the clock. Just pay attention to the feedback you are getting and go from there. Also, don`t engage with the turning wood `flat on`` (ie. at the very start of contact) or it may try and take your drill for a ride.

I think some guys even use angle grinders for this sort of work. Perhaps others can comment.

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Barbara Gill

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#2 posted 07-15-2012 12:37 PM

I sand the inside of the bowl at about 2-3:00 at a slow rate df speed. I turn the sander bottom side up to sand the outside at around 9:00. These positions are based on looking at the bowl from the end of the lathe when it is chucked bottom side to headstock. The lathe is set to turn. In the forward direction.
I find that to get a good surface, I often will hand sand with the grain of the wood before moving to the next grit. I blow the surface clean with air between grits.
I use Velvit Oil on almost all pieces.

-- Barbara

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moke

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 04:18 PM

Thank you Barbra & Monte Cristo for the help….Sanding with these discs seem to save a LOT of time!
Barbara, where can I ge velvit? I can’t seem to find any of the major suppliers with it….
Thanks
Mike

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 05:18 PM

Mike I don’t know of any stores that carry It although I am sure there are some. Most of us are scattered around the US and it can be shipped. Do an Internet search.

-- Barbara

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