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Sanding Techniques and Tips​

Hello !

We all know proper sanding is an essential step in making a turned piece look amazing. Often woodturners spend a considerable amount of time selecting the wood and getting the shape just right. Yet, when it comes to sanding, some get impatient and skimp on this critical finishing step. A good sanding job will not be noticed – while a poor sanding job may be noticed more than anything else.

This week’s picks are sanding techniques and tips to help you sand effectively.


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Turning of the Week​

Betty Scarpino
13” diameter
Donated by Rhonda Fox Waltz and Kevin Waltz to the the collection of American Association of Woodturners.

Betty Scarpino / Undercurrents

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