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Old 12-06-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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This message is for scrollerpete and also for anyone else who wants to add their opinions. How the heck do you get your bowls sanded so perfectly? I have made more firewood trying to sand these things. I use the bulb sander straight sander all different types of sanders and grits and I still end up with thin sides you could read a newspaper through. I look at your work and I am astounded at how perfect they are done. You have mastered this art to perfection so if you could spare a few of your secrets it would save me from pulling all the hair out of my head and saying a few less curse words.Once again your work is spectacular
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I used all kind of sanders, I usually start with an inflatable sander 4" x1 1/2' with a 90 grit and my sander is attached to flex shaft hooked to and old furnace motor. I take my time and make sure that you stay on the proper angle. I used the ball sanders if the bowls are curved using the same set up.
The one thing that I do I glued the rings together but not the bottom of the bowls as it is easier to do the inside of the bowl first. After the inside has been sanded with the 90 grit I used the 220 grit to finish. I then glued the base and do the same process for the outside of the bowls.
I hope this help. Good luck and don't give up you will get there.
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Carole Rothman has a lot of great videos on this site and on you tube on making and sanding these bowls. Her channel is scrollergirl. She uses the inflatable ball sander that can get into those petals on the bowls and such. I ordered her book on making the bowls and once I get some more wood, I'm going to try it. My book will be here some time today. It's too cold to work in the shop so it'll give me plenty of time for reading the book and get ideas too. She can answer some of your questions and plus there is a sticky on the sanding information at the top of the forum. good luck on your bowls. Have a great day Fay
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