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post #1 of 4 Old 12-05-2011, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Another platter, 12" sycamore

Think I'm getting the hang of working these larger pieces. I knocked off this sycamore 12*2" tonight after a full day's work at the office. All done but removing the waste block and touching up the foot detail, and of course no finish yet. I wiped on some mineral oil just to keep it from drying out and to see what it might look like with a finish.

Another platter, 12" sycamore-image-2820302113.jpg

Learning to work the outer edges to completion, cutting in only about an inch or two at a time to limit the vibration.

Also started using the micro mesh sanding sheets. Soooo much better than sandpaper. You can see the dust come through the mesh and it doesn't clog up and heat up. And it doesn't wear out immediately because of that build-up.

Never worked sycamore before. Grain has an interesting herringbone-like feel to it. At least until 300 grit.

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Looks great nice piece!
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Great looking platter. If your having heat build up problems your sanding too fast. Slow down. Your sandpaper and the wood will thank you.
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Great looking piece there. I love working with sycamore. It can have some good texture to it. If you do have heat buildup just turn your lathe down. I sand around 400-500rpm. It helps alot with the dust.
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