How to Clean Up a Glue/Paper Joint

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Forum topic by Ron Ford posted 02-28-2015 07:28 PM 776 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Ford

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02-28-2015 07:28 PM

Hi Folks – I’m turning a larger vessel in two parts and and have decided to use a glued paper joint so I can turn the bottom (on part one) and top (on part two) by mounting them to scrap with a glued paper joint that can be attached to a faceplate, then turning to a finished point before gluing at the middle and final turning the entire piece between centers, probably using some form of jam chucks or other device I can make to suit the need. I’m not concerned about how to take care of that operation. I’ve thought about using my Longworth Chuck setup but don’t feel confident in its ability to hold the pieces without allowing them to slip, and I need full access to the top/bottom of each to do what I want to accomplish.

Given that, I’m eager for any suggestions on how to clean off the glue and paper after turning each piece and preparing to rejoin. Remounting and turning smooth is obviously not an option, and my disc sander is not wide enough to allow me to expose the entire face of each pieces to it to sand smooth. I’m planning to use brown paper from a grocery bag and Titebond II, but am open to any suggestions for other materials that may be a better option. The surfaces will be ambrosia maple on one half and walnut on the other.

I need as smooth a joint as possible prior to rejoining the two pieces for the final project to look good. As always, any suggestions will be very much appreciated.



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#1 posted 02-28-2015 07:36 PM

When I did a paper joint, I just used my ROS with 100grit paper. Kept moving the sander in a circular fashion so the bowl would be perfectly flat on the bottom.


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#2 posted 02-28-2015 10:12 PM

Ron, why not just turn a tenon on each piece using your Chuck Plate. Turn them around and hollow each to your specs. Join them together, chuck it up between centers, and clean up your glue joint at the middle. Totally remove the tenon at the tailstock since you’re still chucked. After you’ve done that, turn it around and remove the second tenon using the frictionplates/jambchucks I showed in the videos.

I know you have the tools, but did you get the dvd to work yet? .............. Jerry (in Tucson)

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