Detail work

For detail work a lighter application is needed; take care not to soften the detail. Use a backing that is flexible enough to follow the shape and get into corners. Then use a 'cut' edge of the abrasive to get into corners.

Sand beads separately on each side, taking the abrasive edge down into the corner, then blend over the top. For sanding a vee. keep the abrasive flat and take the cut edge down into the corner. On delicate stems use the fingers to support the wood.

Above Power sanding the inside of a bowl.

Right Power sanding the outside of a bowl.

Use a size and hardness of pad that will easily mould to the surface shape. Take care near the centre as it is very easy to dig a hole. Also take care near the rims, working up to them to keep the detail. Sometimes I use a 3in (76mm) pad on a 2in (51 mm) disc as this gets round the tighter curves.

the wood so that the forearm of your support hand can rest comfortably on it. Hold the trigger handle in the control hand. Hold the nose/chuck of the drill with your support hand - this fcrms the fulcrum around which the drill will pivot so that the sanding disk will flow over the wood surface.

Take a dynamic stance, switch on the lathe and bring the disc into contact with the wood:. Ensure that the lead edge of the disc does not touch the wood as this would make an aggressive cut and the disk is more likely to be pushed off the pad. It docs not matter whether you work on the upside or the downside of the wood - it will depend on which hand you use to hold the drill. Always keep the disc moving over the surface and work very carefully up to the edges.

For sanding convex surfaces, such as the outside of a bowl, the stance and support are different. Take a dynamic stance and hold the drill in the hands as for a concave surface, but keep the elbows against the body for stability. While working on the regular side of the lathe, hold the drill in the left hand to give access around the base of the bowl near the headstock. Swing the whole of the body in order to flow the disc over the whole surface of the bowl.

Above Power sanding the inside of a bowl.

Right Power sanding the outside of a bowl.

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