"Tool Marks On Otherwise Cool Cherry Bowl"

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Project by NaptownWood posted 04-27-2014 06:55 AM 1538 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood is more important than the technique. The wood determines the technique, I guess.

This one was a downed tree. Was down for 24 Months, two summers, and it was still 20% moisture in the middle.

This blank was from the middle of the trunk.

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 07:21 AM

Figures this is posted here————————————————————————————>

I always post a crappy bowl next to someone’s awesome Life’s Work.

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 09:35 AM

When I have that issue I just start with 60 grit sandpaper and sand out the marks. Or I would never have a decent bowl.

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#3 posted 04-27-2014 11:33 AM

Yes there are tool marks in that bowl and I can tell you if I turned a beautiful looking bowl like that with all the marks I would be very happy. I am just in the learning stages of turning. I also tend to agree with davidmackv I would sand the marks out starting with a coarse grit and work up. and I still think it is a really nice bowl.

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 03:19 PM

That’s a nice looking bowl. Keep up the good work,I love bowl turning

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#5 posted 04-27-2014 04:44 PM

Exactly Keep it up, time and time again you will get better and better, Sometimes it does help to reverse the rotation of the lathe, but make sure you get those allen screws tight or it will spin off, been there done that…..

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#6 posted 04-27-2014 06:45 PM

Nice dessign. Cherry is such nice wood to work with.
In this tool mark situation besides resorting to 60 grit sand paper I have found that using a broad tip and very sharp scraper and a higher turning speed helps to “cut” thin shavings and reduce those narrow cut marks that show here.
The darkening of the finish on the end grain can be reduced with an application of one of the “pre-stain” products that helps seal the porous end grain. Fortunately with cherry all the wood eventually darkens and blends in with time.

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#7 posted 04-27-2014 11:34 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I started sanding at 100 and went through a lot of 100grit paper. Went up to 400. Forward and reverse. Thats after a freshly sharpened and honed scraper, forward and reverse. I cant seem to get rid of them.

My sorby padded sanding bit for the power drill went kaput a month ago and I think that thing helped when it was un use.

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