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  1. So I had asked about finishing shop cabinets and so on and I decided that I would finish some of mine starting with the large miter station. I've taken the Bosch ROS and sanded the top sections with 400 grit. I used these tack clothes I got but have to admit I've never used a tack cloth before so I was surprised that they have a waxy feel to them. I had vacuumed them first and then used the tack cloth and did see the cloth loading some. Is there a residue left by the cloth?Is the surface now ready for finish? The finish I have to apply is General Finishes High Performance Satin water based top coat. My understanding is to apply the 1st coat using the sponge type brush, let dry several hours, sand w/400 grit lightly, vac and wipe with tack cloth, apply 2nd coat. Repeat for at least 3 coats but likely up to 5. Considering the type of use I'll probably do 5 coats and for the hanging cabinets probably just the three coats. For the record the tack clothes are Crystal Tack Cloth bought here. Any advice welcomed. The miter station can be seen here
  2. I have possibly 200 little 2 and 3 inch sanding disks for making bowls. Grits from 60 to 3000. They are presently all stuck in little plastic bags by size and grit as I got them from the supplier. It would be great to file them somehow. Something like a recipe box with dividers, but much larger to handle more. I can come up with something, I am sure, with a shoebox, recipe box, etc. yet I'll bet someone else is ahead of me on this. I'm always up for simple, ingenious solutions. Robert
  3. I am making some hickory doors for cabinets with raised panels. I had my router bit sharpened and it did a good job, but the end grain needs to be sanded. How do you go about sanding the end grain on raised panels? Best regards, Ron
  4. Turn Fast, Sand Slow
  5. I've run out of ideas to cover in the column so I'm going to refer you to some articles that I've run into that I think contain valuable information. https://www.popularwoodworking.com/editors-blog/the_7_myths_of_polyurethane/
  6. I don't know why I never thought of this, it's so common too, just another way to turn an existing tool into another. @Gene Howe. Does Shopsmith till make the sander for the lathe, I could not find it. OR
  7. October already but the weather is more like early September. At least it isn't raining! Please checkout @John Morris's announcement concerning the Easy Wood Tools ornaments. Let's all pitch in and help load up the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! You don't have to be the most experienced turner to create some neat items for their tree. Here's a couple of really easy spindle type items- Remember, you don't have to paint/decorate the turnings. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools told me they have volunteers who can do that. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools has been honing his hollowing skills. Check out this beauty- his first attempt! Jim posted his description here and received lots of positive feedback- @Ron Altier has created another gorgeous ornament. Ron always finds creative ways to embellish his turnings. He received lots of comments and Ron exposes his source for some of his materials- @RustyFN posted a fantastic seam ripper he made as a gift. Lots of interest in his technique and he answered questions about how he produced such an awesome finish- We had a couple of questions this week. @hawkeye10 asked about purchasing turning chisels. The group is pretty much split between the standard tools (gouges, etc.) and the newer carbide tools. Please head on over to Hawkeye's post and give him your insights and experiences. Hawkeye also posted images of his newly cleaned/restored lathe. It sure is a beauty- @Ron Altier asked about the cushioned micromesh sanding abrasives. Ron was curious about sanding speeds and what materials could be sanded with this product. Check his post and the responses. If you have any tips or hints that will help him, please give him the information- @Gerald posted two excellent videos on lathe maintenance. I know I need to do preventative maintenance more often. From The Internet- Our friends from Easy Wood Tools shared a video from Tracey Malady. In this one, she turns a bowl with an internal rim. You get to see the EWT hollowing tools in action! On my old lathe, I had a honing wheel mounted to the "left" side of the headstock. It was really handy for honing tools during turning. Mike Peace demonstrates how to make one of these for sanding or honing- Tim Yoder put up a video about turning a pumpkin. I'm sharing it here not so much for the project but for Tim's concern for safety when turning large pieces. Everything Else- I did get to spend a little time at the lathe. I'm working on the last two ornaments to send to Jim Luley for the EWT Christmas tree. The first one is made from a piece of spalted maple. The "finials' are also maple but ebonized with india ink. The second one is from a blank I glued up a while back that was intended for salt/pepper grinders but that never happened. It's a combination of walnut, maple and cherry. I used a jig designed by Mr. David Reed Smith to create the balls. Everything was completely turned with Easy Wood Tools. Safe Turning
  8. I just received my order of Micro-Mesh polishing pads. They start about where regular 400 sandpaper is and they call it 1500 and it goes all the way to 12,000 with 20 different color coded pads. I played around on a finished piece and it seemed to do a good job. They say just wash it and it will as good as new. However they didn't mention anything about using the lathe on slow speed to sand raw wood or a finished piece. Anybody had any experience with this product?
  9. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! If you need ideas, I have a list of websites, tutorials and ideas. Just let me know!!! Well Pennsylvania has set another record- We have had only 4 days without measurable rain since July 1. Gimme a break!!! Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornaments- @Ron Altier turned a beautiful blue and white colored plywood piece, although not without some problems- Ron describes what happened in his post and he received lots of feedback, too. @HandyDan is getting into the Christmas spirit with his gorgeous turned angel ornaments. He received lots of compliments and answered some questions, here- And, @Steve Krumanaker was super busy with his batch of awesome ornaments. And this is just a sampling of what Steve has done! Steve also explained his process for the finish on these, in his post- We've had a couple of questions this week from some of our members. @hawkeye10 is considering getting into turning. He asked our members what they would recommend. He received lots of comments. He is also eyeing a new-to-him lathe, from Craigslist and asked our members their thoughts on it. Head on over to his posts and help him out! @Bob Hodge posted a question in the finishing forum about turning and sandpaper grits. I am reposting it here in hopes our turners can chime in and give him some advice/help- What’s Coming Up- The Virginia Woodturning Symposium is in November- Click on the above image for additional information. Stuart Kent will be at the American Association of Woodturners in Raleigh, NC, November 2019. Click on the above image to go to Stuart's Facebook page for additional information. From The Internet- @Gerald Added a great video of an interview with Barry Todd and our good friend form Woodcraft, Frank Byers. If you watch the video, check out how Mr. Todd burnished a finial! I've been adding some short videos into the Woodturner's Tips section. So far , they have been from Mike Peace. If you see videos that offer tips on turning, please add them to the "Tips" section- don't forget to add tags to your entry! Everything Else- With all the rain, I've had a little time to play at the lathe making ornaments for @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. One of the shapes I could never master is a sphere. I know the mechanics and the math but what comes off of the lathe could never be considered round! I did't want to spend the $$ purchasing a jig that would only be used occasionally. One turner/"inventor" I really enjoy following is Mr. David Reed Smith. Checking his site, I found a technique for turning spheres using a shop made jig. The jig uses a shadow to check the turning progress. It consists of an adjustable platform sliding in a dovetail on a fixed base. The platform is secured with a screw that pulls the dovetail tight. I used a fender washer to prevent the screw from gouging the base. The fixed base is held on the lathe ways with magnets. The platform holds the "pattern". And the shadow is created by an Ikea LED lamp suspended over the turning. An alignment post is used to help position the lamp at the correct location. The blank is turned while watching the shadow on the pattern. The setup looks like- Harbor Freight has a small LED flashlight on sale. I'm trying to figure out how to use their magnetic base/arm to replace the Ikea suspended lamp. I think I'll need to get some metric tap and die stuff. If you are interested in Mr. Smith's jig, here is the web page with the instructions on making it- http://davidreedsmith.com/Articles/ShadowSphereJig/ShadowSphereJig.htm Safe turning
  10. In my wood turning, and most other projects, I sand to 180 or 220 and finish with various finishes as needed for the project. All is fine. In turning, I read where some people sand to 1000 or 2000. Yet, almost all sandpaper higher than about 400 or 600 is silicon carbide. That is black and often seems to shear off and get in the pores of the unfinished wood. So, I see a lot more sanding of finishes with wet/dry silicon carbide. I can do that. I have done that with finish, oil, or even paint thinner as the lubricant. My question is what do turners and others mean when they say they sand to 1000 or 2000? Are they sanding the wood to that fine a grit, or at some point are they putting on a finish and sanding the finish? Where is the break point in grit between sanding wood and sanding finish?
  11. I just read this interesting sanding article. https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/woodworking-tips-1210oct/tracecoat.html Herb
  12. I'm building a small couch tray table out of Red Oak. The top is 3/4" thick and measures 14 3/4" X 24 3/4". I made the top by gluing up 3 boards. The top is not dead flat. If I lay a straight edge across it I can see light in a few spots. I've been sanding to try and get the high spots down. I don't have a planer or wide sander. I loaned my belt sander and it hasn't been returned. I have a random orbit sander but don't think this will do it for me. There aren't any woodworking close by. I'm going to stain and use an oil based poly on it. I've used poly quite a bit and I'm wondering if the self leveling process will help make the top flat?
  13. 1. Preparation Normally this means planing and/or sanding. I went to a day-long finishing seminar by a well-known author and finish supplier. I think he spent the first two hours talking about sanding. Hmmm, maybe the only thing more boring than sanding is talking for two hours about sanding? Anyway, the process is this: Start with the coarsest grit you need to remove the defects. On most surfaces, this means the planer marks that look like little waves. But if you are doing plywood, it's already been sanded so you can start with a much finer grit. Subsequent grits just remove the scratches from the previous grits. You can normally skip a grit in this progression. When to stop? There is not much use in going beyond 180 or so. If I'm doing plywood or refinishing a piece (remember that unless it's damaged, it's been finish sanded once before) I might start and stop with 220. Between the grits and at the end, you can wipe with a cloth or blow off with a blow gun to get off any grit left from the last round. 2. Coloring This step is optional but usually involves a pre-finish stain. It can also involve in-process toners (finish with color added in it) or glazes (color between coats of finish). 3. Film or oil finish In last week's TGIF, we saw the reasons why we finish things (beautify, protect, and make a cleanable surface). Your choice of one or more types depends on a lot of things - intended use, your skills, costs, time involvement, environment where applying, etc.
  14. These look really handy. Any one use them? http://vinceswoodnwonders.com/palm-sanders-and-sanding-paddles/
  15. It's called Trace Coating. A water based dye is applied and allowed to dry. Then sanding starts with, in the video, 120 grit. All the planer marks, drum sander scratches, glue spots, and other scratches and dings become readily apparent. I just started using the process on the mesquite for the river table. Mesquite is a good bit harder than the maple used in the video. I started with 60, then 80 and 100. I'll do 120 and 180 and call it done. It's already dead flat and smooth as a baby's butt. Here's Charles Neil's video about the process. He rambles a lot and, talks slow but, the information is really good. Enjoy. https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=4s&v=Ni2Y3vMtUSU Sorry, You tube won't allow embedding of this video.
  16. I had great hopes of getting to the basement shop today. We awoke to this- Perfect turning weather! But, as the saying goes- Best laid plans... Ended up shoveling ice and sleet, from neighborhood driveways, for several hours, balancing my Mom's checkbook and getting her taxes done. Anyway, lots happening with our turner since last week. @DAB posted a sweet looking pine bowl he turned. Pine isn't easy to get a nice finish but Doug nailed it perfectly. Read the comments on his work, here- @Gene Howe gave us a link to a site that sells some neat sanding devices for turners (and all woodworkers)- Check the website for more- @Steve Krumanaker won a contest from Robust turning. Congrats, Steve,! @Steve Krumanaker also posted a piece turned by a member of the turner's club to which he belongs. Talk about creativity! Here's a little more on the piece- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools is looking for help in the Chicago area. This would be an excellent opportunity to show off your skills with the fantastic Easy Wood Tools product line. @Cliff posted a picture of using a router bit for a turning tool. Check it out, here- The Woodturning OnLine newsletter is available. As always there is a lot of great information. One thing that caught my attention was an article discussing Carving and Turning by Richard Wright. The article is a PDF document with many examples/pictures. http://www.capecodturners.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Carving-and-Turning.pdf Tim Yoder has a video up where he turns a Votive Candle Holder. Pay particular attention to the Easy Wood Chuck! If you ever get a chance to test drive this chuck, you will fall in love with it! Over the weekend I made an inertia sander. I bought the sleeve and bearing from Capt. Eddie. If you decide to make your own, be sure to drill the hole for the sleeve/bearing close enough to the handle end so the sanding disc doesn't rub against the end of the handle- don't ask how I know this. From icey southern PA Safe turning
  17. Anybody ordered sandpaper lately? Just ordered some Norton Prosand and the 120 was $20 for 20 9x11 sheets. Has something happened to cause this or did I just order the expensive stuff? On Amazon it is over 40.
  18. I can't find my meager supply of non woven pads, not that I ever had that many. But I need some and I'd like to get the larger 6x9 size, I think the ones I had were much smaller 3M pads. Anyway, I started searching for them and was overwhelmed. I'd like a name brand (Norton , 3M, others?) and a box of 20 with 4 grits. Nada, except maybe Peachtree. I don't care much for Peachtree, looking at their display at the WW'ing show some years ago they struck me as the HF of the woodworking world (some good stuff with a lot of junk). So, what non woven pas do you prefer, and where do you get them? Right now I just need some for a little rust removal, but I intend to stock them in my shop (if it ever shows up).
  19. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    After each chair piece has been sanded to 600 on the lathe, I pick up a handful of shavings and push them onto the piece while it's spinning at max RPM. An instant sheen or glow appears, I enjoy this final touch before I pull it from the centers.
  20. I have never had an official sand paper center, or storage, they just get shuffled from one location to another as I need them. But a couple days I was getting a little short on patience when my sand paper was not where I though it was, and when I needed it. The same day, I had to take something to our trash, and lo and behold, wife was organizing, and threw this out, an old organizing folder, and I am now using it for my sand paper, cool right! Ya I know, shame on me, you'd think I'd have a place for it right, not. In many ways I am pretty organized, someways I just never got there.
  21. So just to get a little chatter going and I haven't ask one of these in a while, I thought today would be a good time. When you are doing or planning a woodworking project, what is your favorite part of the project? 1. Drawing a scale drawing 2. Building a prototype 3. Dimensioning the material 4. Layout 5. Joinery 6. Assembly 7. Sanding 8. Staining or finishing 9. Just seeing the end results!
  22. I keep forgeting that rule... Could NOT find my stash of slotted, brass screws....had to go to Lowes to BUY a few....solid brass? more like gold plated...$1.24 for a pack of......3? #8 x 3/4" round head screws. Bought three packs. saved 10% when I showed off my Mil. ID card.....whopp...eee. Kind of set the mood for the rest of the evening. There IS a shop stool in the shop, so I tried to make some use out of it.. Had to make a simple jig to hold thing still long enough to work it over.. Thin piece of pine. Added those screws, cracked the pine....one of them nights. marked the last leg for a dovetail... Knife wall to keep the saw from wandering off on it's own.... Chisel to excavate the waste. Flip the leg over...move the jig to match. Repeat and rinse.. Tried the 1" x 30" beltsander for a bit....brand new belt, too....rounding over all three legs....or tried to...Belt was a bit TOO aggressive, sooo, back to the old standby Then the palm sander to smooth things out. I also needed to dig out one more socket.. First, I needed a flat spot. handsaw to cut a stopline. tried to chisel the spot.....grain was running the wrong way, so I merely went straight across with the little plane. Had to move that jig a bit, to hold the post a bit better.....meh.. Thin jig to hold one end down, piece of pine to hold the other end up. traced the outline of the pin, carried a couple lines over and then up the post. Knife, backsaw and chisels, just to get a start "Hide yer eyes,Mable, this is getting ugly" Stubborn Olde Mick, just kept going... Well, at least it can stand up on it's own three feet. Now things went downhill....the batten? My LARGEST Forstner bit was still a 1/8" too small.. Had to chisel away the excess. Then I had to adjust the size of the collar, just to get it to seat into the batten....Cut two wedges.....Needed some glue......after going back upstairs to retrieve said bottle of Elmer's....started to drive the wedges home.....CRACK? wedge was a hair to much. Dug fatso out of the kerf. Clamped the batten to the post... Added a pine scrap to help out. had to fight the clamp into place and tighten down as far as I could. ( be my luck, that piece of pine will be glued in place) Spread some glue on some dovetails, and banged them home as well.. A bit sloppy with the glue, letting it run down and out. Will clean the mess up tomorrow. Fill a few gaps. And see about adding the top? And...NO, I dinna leave that sitting there like that, the way the evening went, it would have fallen to the floor , as soon as I turned me back. It is now laying on it's side, safely. Not he best day I've had in the shop. Might stay tuned, anyway, as hopefully this is almost done. Just something for a lamp and a phone to sit on...
  23. Used an old railroad spike, to hold things still long enough to run a router around the edges, top and bottom on each armrest.. You can see the top of the spike there in the dog hole. The large hole in the rest is to "house" the top of the front post... Handsaw to make a couple kerf cuts, right at the top of each front post.. I also drilled a through hole in the rear post. Centered in the mortise. So, when a bit of Elmer's get spread around,, I add a screw through the rear post, and this Walnut wedge to the front post. Armrests have been 3/8" round overed, sanded down. Currnetly have the rocker sitting on it's seat ON my bench As I have a bit of beltsanding to do....test ride showed that there is a flat spot in the rockers. Will attempt to smooth them out. I can also plug the counter bored holes back there. And, maybe trim down a few seat slats As a few ran a bit too long. Not shown today....ran the round-over bit around the tops of the rear posts, then sanded smooth. LOTS of sanding left to do, a few spots need filler added, and then sanded again...thinking in about another week I might start some finish on this thing...
  24. Has anyone had any experience with the hand held sanding discs that turn with the lathe? I don't know what you call it, but it has a handle and a foam disc with sandpaper on it. How about the discs that you can use in a hand held drill that can turn opposite the direction of the lathe? Thanks
  25. I am in the process of stocking up my shop back up after months of inactivity, and that inactivity began with an understocked workshop! I ordered 5 boxes of USA Sand Paper at about 75 bucks total including shipping, each box has 50 disks. You can view their page at Online Industrial Supply. So far so good, great price, and cheap shipping! I got a chance to try the disks out last weekend on my rocker seat and these disks rock! Great lasting time, and thick paper for durability. Just a heads up for yall, they still have a sale going on for their Platinum paper if you need a great disk, at a great price.
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