CNNP Sheoak Coasters #3: Polishing my Wood

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Now here is some interesting information for you the interesting indented growth rings are commonly referred to as Hazelwood.
This unusual characteristic of the growth rings is what attracted me to the piece of timber in the first place.
 I did a little research to find out what event would trigger a unusual growth ring, but there has not been a lot of research done on the characteristic. So if we have a Dendrochronoligist amongst us I would be pleased to hear your theory.

To achieve the results here I did quite a good bit of sanding...as well all enjoy!
fI used my linisher and wheel this time  the reason being it was hard to manage the pieces on the disk sander.


As you can see the growth rings clearly display indented growth sections

but there is a noticeable absence of any cause present.

Anyway I guess you all wondering how I  did the polishing and achieved such a startling result

Step 1. I mounted the piece on a section of ply by screwing from the backside, this was done so I dont have pieces flying off under the tools like I saw with LBD's videos
Step 2. From raw rough sawn  I used my linisher in conjunction with my disc to get the saw marks out and obtain a reasonable resemblance of flatness.
Step 3. with a hand pad I continued sanding away 80, 120, 240 320, 400, 600, 800 and even 1000, although I don't think the 1000g did much but choke the pad.
Step 4. Out with my poor mans Beal system and with a sisal pad pitted and white abrasive set to work. This remove most of the sanding scratches and minor defects.
Step 5. With a damp cloth and plain water I  dampened the surface and set them aside to dry.
Step 6. I then used Orange Oil to clean the surfaces and repeated step 4.
Step 7. I then swapped to a floppy cloth disc and  charged it with white abrasive and gently re-polished everything.

This produced the effect in the pictures from the original pieces.

Note:- Its in its unprotected state and like Stainless Steel vulnerable  to grubby finger prints.
So its not really functional in its condition and a finish will have to be applied to preserve the finish.So f there are any budding Dencros out there you may be able to add some expert knowledge.

Regards Rob

Swanky!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Step 3. with a hand pad I continued sanding away 80, 120, 240 320, 400, 600, 800 and even 1000, although I don't think the 1000g did much but choke the pad. 

I know I might have been the one to inform you about Abranet, however, isn't this taking it a tad too far... or am I missing something more than a fair distribution of brain cells?

I usually sand to 240, and perhaps 320 (if I lose count), but after that it's over to the buffer (if I'm buffing)... I've found that the Tripoly, White Diamond, and either U-Beaut polishes or Minway (for acrylics)removes the 320+ need. 

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

gotta go with the duck on this one, a little over the top i think ? but the result is good !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks for the knowledgeable feed back guys.
I am aware anything above 320 g produces little effect with wood, but I had the bag with the finer + out so I thought I would give it a burl.
Results as reported.
I had U beaut but will keep it fr a more practicql use.
 Abranet yep it was used  along with its twin Mirka from Mallee Agencies in WA .
FWIW my next time wasting activity I was considering inlaying a couple into the small tables you see around my place to impress Shipwright!

 Any clues on the indented growth rings?

Regards Rob

 I am aware anything above 320 g produces little effect with wood, but I had the bag with the finer + out so I thought I would give it a burl
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Any clues on the indented growth rings? 

You gave it a burl... so I'll call it a burl... without the knots.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD