Category Archives: Tools Sanding

Use Metalworking Steel Wool

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Here is my “Use Synthetic Metalworking Steel Wool ” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 20 of the AAW February 2024 “American Woodturner” Journal. Or click here for PDF. Continue reading Use Metalworking Steel Wool

Corner Code Your Sandpaper

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Here is my “Corner-code Your Sandpaper” tip that appeared in the “Tips” section on page 19 of the AAW February 2024 “American Woodturner” Journal. Or click here for PDF. Continue reading Corner Code Your Sandpaper

Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

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Click here for a PRINTABLE version of the above blueprint.

I like Sanding Backup Pads (mandrels) that are thin, low profile and HARD. I add (attach) firm or soft foam interface pads to make them softer as needed.

I don't like thicker pads. Low profile pads are better at getting into the tight space between headstock and bowl. Continue reading Carl’s Sanding Backup Pads

Drill Brush

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I am now using a “Drill Brush” to clean up my power carvings. To remove wood fuzz, etc. It is a good cheap alternative to a “3M Roloc Bristle Disc”. See above photo.
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Inside Bottom Sanding Stick

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When I need to sand the inside bottom of a vase I like to use a sanding stick made out of styrofoam. The stuff they sell at Home Depot, etc to insulate foundations. They call it “Rigid Foam Board Insulation”. I use the 2″ thick stuff.

Why styrofoam rather than a wooden dowel? It hurts a lot less if the lathe rips the sanding stick out of my hands and it hits me!
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3M Roloc Bristle Disc

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I am now using “3M ROLOC Bristle Discs” to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. See above photo.

The ROLOC discs are a lot tougher than “3M Radial Bristle Discs” or “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

The Roloc discs work best on almost flat things or on the outside of bowls or hollow forms.
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