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Lidded Boxes #16: The Beall Wood Buff System

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-24-2016 03:11 AM 1109 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I turned one more bowl today. This Yucatan rosewood bowl will be a gift to my neighbor Susan. It was her that gave me this JET mini-lathe when her husband Jim passed. She insisted that Jim would have wanted me to have this lathe. it had never been removed from the original box. I gave Susan one of the two first bowls that I turned with a promise that I would give her another when I got better at turning. This bowl is for that purpose. Of course, I won’t end there. She takes an interest in what woodworking projects I make. She is a good fan. If I turn something that I feel is better yet, she will get one of those too.

I liked turning this wood block. i would be happy to turn another if I could find another block to purchase at my local Woodcraft store.

I decided to document the stages of buffing this bowl. I have the Beall wood buffing system so that is what I used on this bowl.

The first buffing wheel uses the Tripoli material.

I have two buffing wheel types for my Beall system. This image below shows the small round buffing wheel that I an use to get inside my small bowls. This image also shows the result I get using the white diamond material.

The image below shows how the the white diamond material brings this bowl to it near finish condition.

The last buffing wheel uses the carnauba wax. The large wheel is shown spinning below.

Here the Yucatan rosewood bowl is finished and ready for gift wrapping.

-- --- Happy Howie



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ralbuck

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 09:47 PM

Great project for a good neighbor!

Only right to “give back/send ahead” on many things.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Grumpymike

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 12:07 AM

So, you mount this thing on to your headstock and hold the bowl freehand and buff it instead of sanding??
Wow, holding the bowl freehand sounds pretty risky … or do I not have my head wrapped around this thing … (Pun intended.)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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HappyHowie

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 02:04 AM

Mike, I do sand my bowls and lidded boxes. I go from around 100 grit through 320 and sometimes 400 grit in steps of about 20 and sometimes 50 grit increments. It depends on my hardwood type.

After my sanding stages are completed, I will mount the Beall Buffing System to my headstock on my lathe. 1,800 RPMs is recommended so I set my lathe to approximately that. When i first started this system a year ago I buffed barehanded. Now I use leather gloves when I buff. I also have the large wheel where I will buff the bottom and large surfaces. In order to reach inside my small bowls I mount the smaller wheel so I can easily touch all the surfaces inside the bowl.

Take a look at the following video to understand how the Beall Buffing System works.

When I was buffing the eight bowls and three lidded boxes, I buffed all of them in stages: the Tripoli, then the White Diamond and then the Carnauba Wax. It was fairly straight forward. I had not issue dropping or loosing a grip on these bowls. However, when I was buffing barehanded a year ago, I did have two bowls pulled out of my hands. I have learned the correct technique so I do not expect to loose another bowl when buffing.

I do follow the WyomingWoodTurner online. I have heard that he does not use the Beall Buffing System. It uses a beeswax system. I forget its name, but you watch some of his videos you can see what he uses. I have already made this investment. I will continue to use it until I have these large blocks used up. It put a nice shiny wax sheen on my bowls. I like it enough to continue using it.

-- --- Happy Howie

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Grumpymike

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#4 posted 12-27-2016 05:08 PM

Thanks for the reply Howie, It is an interesting system indeed … It does give a rich luster.

I’m kind of new to turning so I’m learning all I can. I have an entry level mini lathe and have turned some pens and stuff and I have turned a few small bowls … I have sanded to 600, applied the several coats of finish then used a finishing wax and 0000 steel wool.

Do you do the buffing before or after the finish is applied?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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HappyHowie

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 05:13 PM

Mike, in the Beall Buffing System that last coat of carnauba wax is the finish. You do not go beyond that stage.

Like I commented before, Sam Angelo, the WyomingWoodTurner, does not use the Beall system. He uses another process. I have watched many others use Shellac and other varnishes, etc. It all comes down to your own preferences, really… I guess there is not right or wrong; just many ways to finish your turning projects…

-- --- Happy Howie

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