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Old 01-04-2017, 10:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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As Edgar has mentioned there are many ways of sanding the blank ends. Most people will do it on the lathe. Most likely you have a face plate. I use doublesided carpet tape or turners tape to adhere a piece of metal to the plate. I use to use acrylic but found that wears a hole in the center. Attach some stickback sandpaper. Use a drill chuck in the tailstock to hold a transfer punch the proper size of the tube and slide the blank over it and press against the sand paper. You really should get yourself a set of transfer punches from HF. They are cheap when on sale or coupon offered. But they are invaluable for many things we do.

The other way and it works too. Being you have a barrel trimmer, you can reverse the trimmer end and now you have a flat which you can attach some sticky back sandpaper. Many people use a hole punch to punch a hole in the sandpaper to slip over the bit. It has worked for many years and a few tools have been developed on that basic principle.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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You can also fill the crack with something and adding thin ca. When I have cracks in bowls I use coffee grounds, rubbing them into the crack, then putting a small amount of thin CA.
Alternatively, sometimes you get better "camouflage" by putting a drop of thin or medium CA on it and sanding with ~220 grit so the sanding dust gets caught and glued in the crack.

(Keep the sandpaper moving so it doesn't get glued to the barrel.)
I use a variation of this...I take some of the shavings, mix with ca glue..apply ca glue to and in the crack then put the shaving on. Let it sit for awhile and sand smooth. It has sometimes made the crack completely invisible.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by RockandCole View Post
This beautiful burly piece of olive wood had me drooling all through the turning, and looked great throughout sanding, and then when I stop my lathe from buffing it, this was staring at me. What did I do? (Seriously, I'd like to avoid this in the future if possible, it was such a beautiful piece)

I did that 2 months ago on a great piece of black ebony. I can only think I got it hot when I was doing a final buff?

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