Sanding Turnings

Sanding is a key component of finishing your turning. There are lots of tips and tricks to making sanding easier and less time consuming. Improving your skills here will pay dividends in the quality of your turnings and the speed in which you can make them.

 

The Art of Sanding New Woodturning Articles by Jack Morse Fee-based Woodturning Articles by Jack Morse
By: Jack Morse
Quite often I observe beautifully turned pieces on display, with a poor sanding job that stands out like a big red nose. In conversations, I find that many consider sanding to be a necessary drudgery that has to be done against their will. They haven't taken the time to learn how fast it can be done with the right approach. Most people start with too fine a grit of paper, and then sand and sand until they are tired and discouraged. One of the problems is that on most woods the scratches are white and blend in until the finish is applied and then they turn almost black.

 

Choosing the Best Dust Mask
By: Stephen S. Johnson
In this short article, Stephen discusses three dust mask options that he's found on the market. Hopefully his research will help you choose the best dust mask for your shop.

 

Shop Built Sanding Pads
By: Joe Johnson
In this short article, Joe explains how he makes his own sanding pads. His process is simple and fast and you can do it too!

 

Making your own Foam Ball Sander
By: David Reed Smith

 

Sanding the Inside of a Turned Vessel
By: Ellis Hein

 

Sandpaper Grit Variances
By: Wood Magazine

 

Bowl Sanding Tool
By: Mack DeBose

 

Making your own Power Sanders
By: Herman de Vries

 

Sandpaper Info and Grits
By: Wikipedia

 

Make Your Own Foam Cone Sander
By: David Reed Smith
Way back in 2008, David showed us how to make ball sanders out of foam for use on our woodturnings. I've used the ball sander on and off for years now and it works great. It is a bit hard to cut the sand paper for it but it's worth the extra effort.

But now David's back with a new shape for his homemade sanding pad where cutting the sandpaper is very easy and you still get the nice consistent sanding pattern.

Most of us power sand using 2" and 3" sanding pads. This cone-shaped sanding pad will be a great addition and is so simple to make using David's great photo tutorial.

 

Building a Table Saw 15 Degree Segment Cutting Sled
By: Jim Rodgers

 

Lathe Operated Drum Sander
By: Awilda Wilson

 

Home-made Thickness Sander
By: Kawika, Inc

 

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