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Duane D

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PostSubject: Looking for some magic   Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:41 pm

I'm working on a large ash bowl and any attempt to sand it results in a wavy surface. The grain alternates hard, soft, hard, etc and I'm wondering what you've tried in the past that that produced a better, smoother surface on something like this.
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Dave W

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some magic   Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:21 pm

Cleaner finishing cuts  stupid

Unfortunately this is a common problem with a few of the woods we like to turn.  I try to end with finish cuts to the point I can start sanding with 180-220 grit, no matter what the wood.  The less time you have sanding the better results you will have with these troublesome woods.   I will say a lighter touch using a sanding pad under your paper, or a rotary disc sander instead of just your fingers helps a bit, but I have not found a true cure for the phenomenon.   In some cases I just go with the end results and explain later how difficult it it can be obtaining that same even wavy recessed look across the piece

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for some magic   Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:02 pm

Thanks Dave. That my approach also but I thought I might be missing something. I usually say that there's no extra charge for the "antique" sanding finish on the bowl.
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