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post #21 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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I used to use that method and turned them on a lathe after glue up. Never tried just sanding. They look better than great.

How long does it take to sand one bowl?

Did you make your own special sanding jigs?



This is fantastic, especially the square ones.


I found the easiest way to sand the inside of the bowl is with a spindle sander and took less than ten minutes work over a couple hours. The reason it took a couple hours for ten minutes of sanding because of the need to change grits on the spindle sander. Ever try doing that? They can be hard to change so I take a passive approach and put the spindle in the freezer for about 30 minutes. The spindle shrinks down and the paper sleeve just slides off.

The outside I do on a 6x48 belt sander. It will probably take about 30 minutes to finish the outside.

When I started making bowls I didnít have a spindle sander and it took a long time sanding the insides, especially the irregularly shaped bowls, like the scalloped ones.
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So what blade are you using to cut for your bowls? I think you have got something started. I really like what you are making and I plan on making some myself.


Like I explained, a #5 for 3/4 thick or less, a #7 for thicker or harder woods like hickory. It is critical to use the smallest possible drill bit. A #54 for #5 blade, a #55 drill bit for use with #7 blade.

Dealing with the drill holes requires the most sanding, so itís important to minimize the size of the hole.
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This may be of interest to you:

It's a bandsaw circle cutting jig - should also work for a scroll saw. It would probably cut down on the amount of time it takes to cut your circles, plus increase accuracy and reduce the amount of sanding you have to do.
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I found the easiest way to sand the inside of the bowl is with a spindle sander
What does you spindle sander look like for doing this?
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What does you spindle sander look like for doing this?

Started out with a Delta BOSS bench top spindle sander that I bought used.

Over the years I acquired a Jet floor spindle sander

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Over the years I acquired a Jet floor spindle sander

That's nice.

I needed a bigger drum sander for my boxes....
so I made my own.
I run them on my ShopSmith. Work very well.

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Thanks for following along. Final photo after finish sanding, rounding of lip and applying finish.



I really donít need any more bowls. Does anyone have anything theyíd like to trade for it?
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