I find that I spend quite a bit of time sanding my natural edge bowls. Can
you give my any shortcuts. Here is my process.
1. Turn bottom of bowl including recess for Stronghold chuck while on
2. Mount bowl on chuck.
3. Shear scrape outside of bowl to smooth and to account for any
eccentricity caused by change of mounting.
4. Hollow inside of bowl (not using bowl steady anywhere in process).
5. Shear scrape inside of bowl.
NOTE: Some of the wood I turn is very wet. The apple slings water to the
6. Use heatgun to dry the outside of the wood.
7. Sand the outside. Clean clogged power sanding disc with *** stick.
Alternate between 6 and 7 until the wood gets dry enough.
8. Sand the inside. It is generally pretty dry by this time.
9. Reverse turn with jam chuck to finish foot.
My lathe is a 14" Delta with a low speed of 4-500 rpm.
Between the turning and the sanding, the bowl ovalizes and the sanding has
to go deep enough to almost get the bowl back to round to get to the bowl
smooth all the way around.