Sanding Secrets For Bowl Turners

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Sanding Secrets For Bowl Turners

Test your knowledge on the best methods for sanding down your turned bowls.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Sanding is
    • A. 

      Definitely not fun

    • B. 

      Usually a necessary step

    • C. 

      Always required for bowls

    • D. 

      A & B

  • 2. 
    What are the two main categories of sanding?
    • A. 

      Distressed sanding and powder sanding

    • B. 

      Power sanding and hand sanding

    • C. 

      Forever sanding and quick sanding

    • D. 

      Dry-wood sanding and wet-wood sanding

  • 3. 
    When selecting abrasive paper consider the following
    • A. 

      Not all abrasive paper is created equal

    • B. 

      Higher-priced abrasives work quicker and more efficiently than cheap ones

    • C. 

      A range of abrasive grits from coarse to fine should be used

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 4. 
    Hand sanding is necessary when
    • A. 

      Your bowl is so small that power sanding cannot be accomplished

    • B. 

      The power is out

    • C. 

      You cannot get your spouse to do it for you

    • D. 

      You have cut grooves in your bowl

  • 5. 
    The best kind of fold to use for abrasive paper is
    • A. 

      To fold the paper in quarters

    • B. 

      To fold the paper in half

    • C. 

      To fold the paper in thirds

    • D. 

      Don’t fold paper-backed abrasives

  • 6. 
    The lathe speed for sanding a bowl should be
    • A. 

      Always at 3,000 RPM—that makes the sanding go quicker

    • B. 

      Slower than for turning the bowl, somewhere around 800 RPM or slower

    • C. 

      Not a consideration

    • D. 

      The lathe should be stopped for all hand sanding

  • 7. 
    Sanding scratches can be minimized by
    • A. 

      Carefully going through progressively finer grits, ending up with a very fine grit

    • B. 

      Cranking up the speed of your lathe so the abrasive particles are thrown out of the wood fibers

    • C. 

      Occasionally, slightly moistening the wood to raise the grain, loosening embedded grits

    • D. 

      A & C

  • 8. 
    With most bowls and platters, power sanding can usually begin with what grit abrasive?
    • A. 

      120-grit

    • B. 

      60-grit

    • C. 

      220-grit

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    Having a small nub appear in the center of your bowl or platter during the sanding process
    • A. 

      Is caused from excessive sanding

    • B. 

      Can be avoided by initially making that area slightly concave to begin with

    • C. 

      Can be removed by hand sanding

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Sanding a bowl can be potentially dangerous if
    • A. 

      You remove the toolrest before sanding

    • B. 

      Wear dust protection mask or air-stream helmet

    • C. 

      Wet the wood slightly while sanding to keep sawdust from flying around

    • D. 

      None of the above

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