Welcome to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board, an online scroll saw forum community where you can join thousands of scrollers from around the world discussing all things related to Scrolling. To gain full access to the message board you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:

 * Browse over 200,000 posts.
 * Communicate privately with other scrollers from around the world.
 * Post your own photos or view from 7,000 user submitted images.
 * Gain access to exclusive scroll saw promotions offered by Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Fox Chapel Publishing.

All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact the Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Support Team.

Go Back   Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Message Board > Scroll Saw > Bowls, Boxes, Compound, and other 3-D Projects
Connect with Facebook

Memphis Hardwood Lumber
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2014, 08:30 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 18
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Question about drilling/blades/sanding and bowls

Hi all,

I haven't given up on my bowls yet...my last creation was looking really good until I over sanded on one side without me realizing it until it was too late. I now have a bowl with a spot so thin the light can come through. Fortunately my wife still loves it and has put it in the kitchen with the thin side not showing.

I decided to not let this latest problem keep me from doing some nice work. But as I was working on my latest I started thinking. My saw only takes pinned blades so therefore I have to drill a fairly large hole to get it through. Is there a way to overcome this? With my latest creation, I have spent more time trying to sand out the starter holes than anything else. I have to drill holes that are 11/64ths or bigger to get the pins through. With all the interior sanding I am afraid I won't leave enough to get out the holes on the outside.

Also, does someone have a good method to sand the inside of a bowl? I have made some 2" drums that I put into the drill press, but I don't think it does a good job keeping it even. If I look close, I have what seem like waves on the inside. Any ideas?

Thanks for letting me babble on.

Todd
north-bc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 08:55 PM   #2
cute and crafty
 
handibunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: NY
Posts: 3,022
Thanks: 17
Thanked 105 Times in 89 Posts
Default

Todd, if you can only use pinned blades, you'll be much better off making a cut along the grain from the outer ring to the inner one, then gluing it up along your cut line. That's what was done years ago, when turners used rings cut on the band saw. Any bit that's larger than 1/16" will take too bit a bite out of the wood. The smaller the better, but that's not an option for you (right now!).

As far as sanding the inside, most folks use the round inflatable sander from King Arthur's Tools. It's a little pricey, but if you just get the sander, some sleeves, and the pump, and chuck it into your drill press, it should't break the bank. However, Seyco has come out with some round sanders that are made of foam, and meant to serve the same purpose. I bought a few, but haven't tried them out to see if they're worth it (about $6), since there's no way to replace the sandpaper and you have to throw away the whole sander once the grit wears out.

If you had a long drum you might be able to sand the inside before you put on the bottom, but the drum has to be longer than the piece you're sanding or you'll sand in gouges at the bottom of the drum.

If you're curious, I have a lot of bowl sanding videos on YouTube. My channel is "scrollergirl" and you can look through them and see if there's anything that would be helpful.

I'm sure other folks will be posting here, with their suggestions for you. Good luck--I'm sure you'll find a solution to your dilemma.
__________________
Carole

Follow me on my blog:
www.scrollsawbowls.blogspot.com
handibunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2014, 10:44 PM   #3
Senior member...Sweeet
 
Wood Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: MA USA
Posts: 8,552
Thanks: 89
Thanked 155 Times in 140 Posts
Default

Todd you may try knocking out the pin to get the blade into a smaller hole, then put it back to hook up your blade. One thing I do when starting to cut is turning down the speed to zero, step on my pedal to make the head go up and down a few times, till the blade engages into the wood, then crank up the speed. For me, I can control the cut that way at the start point. I would also suggest watching Carole's videos. Don't give up, and sanding is not liked by many folks, but sure worth it.
__________________
WD aka: Gloria

My Gallery

" Two memorable things to say in life are Hello for the first time and Good-by for the last".
Wood Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2014, 01:17 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Fay P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Port Angeles, Wa
Posts: 1,548
Thanks: 25
Thanked 105 Times in 96 Posts
Default

You could try filling the holes with a wood filler mixed with the sawdust from your project. I have done this and it worked pretty well for me. I use the pinless blades as Big Yellow only uses the pinless ones, but the Fox will use both. Fox is still waiting to be fixed to use as a back up saw if some thing should happen to the yella fella. I can never get the sanding sleeves to stay on the ball sanders but I do keep trying and I did replace the rubber for my long drum sander and it is now working great. Good luck with your bowls and let us see some.... Fay
__________________
Have a great day, Fay.
Fay P is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:18 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.