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post #1 of 2 Old 03-22-2008, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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sanding wood

As you can see I'm new, and I have been all over the net looking for some simple answers, but all the places I have gone to do not list a category for just sanding.
My problem is, I cut plugs of wood from slabs 1/4 to 1/2" thick with a hole saw then mount on a mandrel and turn on my lathe, on some of the harder and oily woods Teak and Purpleheart the two main ones, I get 1/4 of the wood is dark then 1/4 light another 1/4 dark and last 1/4 light. I use these rings of wood for custom fishing rods so the light and dark is not acceptable for what I'm doing.
What can I do to get the rings sanded to the same finish, color constancy?
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I don't turn, but I have sanded Purpleheart more than a few times back in my humidor-making days. Sounds like to me you are sanding the end grain. Are you cutting the plugs by entering the wood into the long grain? If so, you need to buy thicker stock and enter the wood at the end grain. This will give you long grain to sand on and will come out more consitently.

This may not be possible as the plugs will be weaker by comparison. Depends on your application. You may need to find cutters that will tear the fibers less than the ones you are presently using. IOW really really sharp, high quality plug cutters and go s-l-o-w as you cut.

Go for the long grain if you can use it that way. If not, you have to find a way to have the exposed end grain less porous after your cuts. Different porosity will look different no matter how much you clean it up after sanding.

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