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post #1 of 24 Old 02-26-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Here are 4 new S & P Mills, I am donating one to a church for a silent auction. Which one would you pick to get the best results for the church? The laminated one is walnut, maple, bolldwood, redheart, and yellowheart. There are two birdseye maple with celtic knots, one is with redheart and the other is with padauk. One is walnut with a maple celtic knot.

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I reall like the two birdseye maple ones with celtic knots. Is the one twards the top have padauk or is that the lower one?
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I reall like the two birdseye maple ones with celtic knots. Is the one twards the top have padauk or is that the lower one?

Lower one.
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I vote for the last one, however they are all awesome, you do great work.
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I like the third one. But really, if we did not have a choice all of them are first class.

I just prefer darker wood, the lighter woods do not do much for me for the simple reason most folk out there away from woodworking cannot or do not care what wood is used , but here, lighter wood reminds them of cheap pine and that is a negative.

Even one of our most expensive woods, Huon Pine gets downgraded by the mass majority.

You do not get too much of a premium for quality wood by the general public.

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Absolutely the first two.

Outstanding.

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I like the walnut ones with the celtic knots. Great work Bob. Glad to see that you've got your lathe up and running again.

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I like them all. Nice work.

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I personally like the walnut the best but I'm just a huge fan of walnut. I really like the laminated one also and it would be my second choice. They are all really nice though. I dont think you could go wrong with any of them!!

What finish did you use on those? It looks really good.

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I personally like the walnut the best but I'm just a huge fan of walnut. I really like the laminated one also and it would be my second choice. They are all really nice though. I dont think you could go wrong with any of them!!

What finish did you use on those? It looks really good.
I used two coats of "waterlox" original sealer finish than I buffed on a beall system by PSI. Let dry 24 hr's between coats. I buy the quart at $26.99 and transfer to smaller bottles becasue it does not keep very long after opening, it will turn to jell very quickly. I steel wool "OOO" between the first and second coat.
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Love then all. I think the second two with the detail on the top sets them out a little more. First two are great and are my favorites but for an auction go for the second two.
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I like the walnut ones with the celtic knots. Great work Bob. Glad to see that you've got your lathe up and running again.
I second that!!
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Nice work Bob,
I'd be 'Willing' to bet that any one of those would bring good money at the church auction. I personally like the ones in the last two pics.
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My wife says the walnut set in the third picture. But her first choice was the first untill she looked through them again.
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I don't see why a choice needs made. They all are nice, but I have a propensity to like Irish knot ties,,, but then again, I'm Irish, so that vote is skewed.
They should be quite happy with any of the above.
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Thanks

We are going with the walnut, it has the best of both criteria, walnut and the Celtic knot!

Now if we can just get out to mail the package. We have had 18" of snow since last night and it is still snowing as of 12:00 PM today. I plowed my drive but no place to go the roads are not plowed. We have a total of 28" of snow now on the ground from previous snows.

Thank for all of your input.
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how did you get that padauk to NOT stain when sanding?? Those look great! I honestly love all 4 but those first ones really pop
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Incredible as always Bob!

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man those are beyond awesome
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how did you get that padauk to NOT stain when sanding?? Those look great! I honestly love all 4 but those first ones really pop

I have been trying something new lately for sanding. I start with 150 grit, 220, 329, 400, and 600, but I sand in forward starting with 150 than change direction to reverse such as 150 F, 220 R, 320 F, 400 R, 600 F. I sand at around 700 rpm. After sanding I take the green followed by the gray scotch pads at 1700 rpm. When this is complete I take the wood savings and place them in the middle of the gray pad and apply the turning at 1700 rpm. Keeping to the sequence of the grits reduces the wood pours so that any off color wood will not influence the lighter woods or leave a stain. You can also sand to 150 and use the green scotch pad at 1700 rpm to detect if you have removed all of the wood imperfection before continuing with the rest of the sanding process. Another technique I use is to use the back of a used 3M foam backed pad and use this as a backing to the sand paper while I sand. This helps to feather out the rough spots.
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