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Finial sanding

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Larry Parker, Nov 3, 2020.

  1. Larry Parker

    Larry Parker

    Jan 7, 2019
    Location (City & State):
    Grottoes, VA
    I’m making Christmas ornaments with finials and I’m trying to find the best sandpaper for these. Any suggestions?

  2. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

    Apr 27, 2004
    Location (City & State):
    Lakeland, Florida
    Home Page:
    I sand my ornament finials with Norton 320 and 400. Sheets that I cut into strips using hacksaw blade screwed to plywood with washers under the ends.

    This leaves the details crisp.

    Most of my finials feature a cove at the top which I sometimes ( some days every time) that I have tips use 220 to smooth the bottom of the cove
  3. Bob Sheppard

    Bob Sheppard

    Dec 15, 2017
    Location (City & State):
    Wanaque, NJ
    Mirka makes very good sandpaper.
  4. Dean Center

    Dean Center

    May 4, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Bozeman, MT
    Cindy Drozda folds a piece of 400 grit a couple of times to make a pointed wedge shape and lightly sands with it. She doesn't use anything coarser. Not sure what brand, but whatever you select, maybe use a fine grit very lightly to preserve your detail.
  5. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

    Apr 26, 2004
    Location (City & State):
    Cookeville TN USA
    I use Norton sandpaper from.Woodcraft. I just tear off a small.piece. I shoot for 400 grit but do sometimes need to start with 220. I just fold it in half to get a.crease.to get into the tight areas.
  6. Lamar Wright

    Lamar Wright

    Jun 29, 2017
    Location (City & State):
    Jasper, Alabama
    I'm all over the board as to what brand of sand paper I use. For me, most name brand sandpaper works for me. I usually buy what's on sale. :D........ Although I don't make many finials but when I need to get in a tight area, like John Lucas mentioned, I fold a crease in the sandpaper.....

    When I was in pen production I bought rolls of 1 inch sandpaper 150 to 400 grit from Penn State Ind. It is called a Modular Pen Blank sandpaper system which I occasionally still use today turning bowls and platters. Happy Turning!
  7. Richard Coers

    Richard Coers

    Aug 14, 2009
    Location (City & State):
    Peoria, Illinois
    For all but sanding the tightest details, I use SiaSoft foam backed from Vince for hand sanding. That stuff is so flexible, you can fold it over and pinch it tight, and no abrasive cracking at all. Love that stuff.
  8. Karl Best

    Karl Best

    Jan 18, 2020
    Location (City & State):
    Boyertown, Pennsylvania
    I made a note from her demo at the AAW symposium: she uses Merka Royal Micro 400, 600, and 1000. Does anyone know where to get this?
  9. Lars Hansen

    Lars Hansen

    May 8, 2019
    Location (City & State):
    Funen, Denmark
    @Karl: A slight change of spelling might help your search. The name is Mirka.

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