Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Near Grand Rapids Michigan
Don't bother cleaning the bushings. What you have is iron from the bushing clinging to the sand paper and being deposited into the grain pores and staining the light colored wood. When you sand the blank keep the sand paper off the bushing, also keep the EEE and wax off them also. This is necessary for all light woods.
When sanding go thru the grits up to at least 600. Between each grit stop the lathe and sand the length of the pen before going to the next grit. This will help remove the sanding groves faster and remove all tool marks.
Last edited by Apple Ridgerunner; 03-10-2010 at 10:55 PM.
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