Tool Tip #14: Wood Polishing

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-05-2014 08:58 AM 1825 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was polishing some wood this week and thought I should post the results for other LJs that may find the activity and results something they may want to try out.

The timber is recycled Jarrah

Riddled with nails screws and bolts.

This image shows a before and after shot of some timber.

Now a series of rotated images

and again

All well and good you may say but how was it done?

Firstly ensure you have a saw blade…...

Opps Looks like some of the blog has disappered, My sincerest apologies to those reading and wondering why the blog stopped suddenly !!

So continuing on:

......capable of cutting nails fitted to the saw, I am not saying to deliberately cut them but it may happen and you wouldn’t want to ruin a good blade in the process.

I then cut off a end section of the pallet bearer, keeping in mind the timber is not the “normal” pallet timber.

It’s Australian hardwood Jarrah.

I tried to remove the nails but is was not to be so.

I then Knocked out and kept the broken off bolt.
With my disc Sander sanded I then sanded the material back so it was square.
I then sanded on the chamfers.

The block is now sanded to about 60 Grit

The broken bolt was replaced.

Next up I setup my polishing motor and with a calico buff and some Pale green compound (originally sold as compound for polishing Stainless Steel)
Began to polish all the sides, upon completion I used a Terry towel cloth to remove most of the compound residue.

As you can see in the pictures any gaps still have the compound present.

At this stage I do not know how to get it out maybe PASs or some othere LJ polishers can provide some input here.

Later tried to improve the finish by using furniture polish on the block but it did not provide any improvement on the finish.

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-05-2014 10:11 PM

OK… I give up… how was it done? :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 03:04 AM

Sorry Joe looks like some of the text “vanished” I have re done it and it continues and makes sence from the Bold text.

Why it happened who knows

-- Regards Rob

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David Dean

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 03:56 AM

nice work.

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 12:06 AM

Always something to learn

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 11:27 PM

Have you tried a rotary brush on a drill or Dremel tool to try getting the compound out of the crevices? I have used this with moderate success to get dried paste wax out of crevices in carvings. It’s hard to get it all out. The only wax that doesn’t want to stay is pigmented wax that I use to try to antique carvings. If I want it to stay put, then it seems to come out easily. BTW, I really like jarrah. I’ve never worked it, but it has such a rich look.

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#6 posted 05-12-2019 04:15 PM

Hell rc, published in 2014… didn’t realise you were still alive back then… must have perfected your mushroom disguise … and kept yourself in the dark…
As an aside… was interested when it was dictated to me (yeah still hated reading back then) that you only got to 60… cheese… all these figures get me confused…

..... This image shows a before and after shot…..
- robscastle

Hell you have talent, old man… both a before and after image in the same photo… WOW! Maybe some black market computers followed the cane toads into Queensland back then.

..... I tried to remove the nails but is was not to be so…..
- robscastle

Know a few good Spaniards… in fact I often share a beer with Tom├ís (de Torquemada for all you non-Christians) who could help you with the removal of your nails…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 05-12-2019 11:14 PM

2012 in fact
Posted my first excellent project soon after.

-- Regards Rob

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