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View Poll Results: Do you sand in Reverse?

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  • No.

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    Default Sanding in reverse.

    A bit of discussion has been on this subject.

    So I am interested.

    I sand in reverse most times for 3 reasons:
    1: The extractors pick up the dust easier.
    2: It is easier to hold the paper at the top of the work than underneath.
    3: The sawdust doesn't tend to clog the paper.

    Except at Jeffs I have never had a drive, faceplate or chuck come off while sanding, but I make sure they are tight.

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    Sorry Cliff but rats ring doesn't seem an option in this one.

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    Hey ,

    My old Lathe was a bit agricultural and I could make it go backwards by making the belt into a figure of 8 and sand in reverse, Since I have had the new (er) lathe I have got my tool work to a stage where I only need to do a bit of hand sanding on the end grain bits and it's all systems go. Hopefully my next lathe will have one of those electronic jiggers that makes it go faster and backwards at the twist of a knob, without belt changes (one day) Please note that I don't do a lot of stuff other than pens and pepper grinders and the odd platter and small bowl. I have joined the local woodturners group and they are filling my head with ideas so I might be expanding my resume in the future.

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    I think the poll should have a "Sometimes" option. Cause thats my answer.
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    I do, because now I can, and for all the reasons mentions.

    My old MC900 couldn't be put in reverse, so this is new to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by govarney View Post
    I think the poll should have a "Sometimes" option. Cause thats my answer.
    Ok, just for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by View Post
    Ok, just for you.
    and mee too! When I am using a lathe that can go in reverse.
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    Thanks . I will put myself down as a "yes" because I will set myself up for it, because of 1) if nothing else. Hope will reduce my aversion to sanding.

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    On the very rare occasion when I find myself turning, I sand both directions, so yes to both yes & no.

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    My lathe doesn't go in reverse, but I use an electric sander going in both directions sometimes when sanding marks are obvious.
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    No; because I can't. I have a Nova TL 1500 lathe with manual speed change and no reverse. When I strike it rich, I'll probably buy a variable speed & reversible lathe but until then. As I understand it, sanding in one direction only tends lay the fibers down & compact them against the surface. They can "stand back up" again giving a rough finish. Reverse sanding is supposed to draw the fibers up and break (?) them off & hopefully giving a finer finish. Another way of doing this I've been informed is to wipe the surface with a damp cloth and sanding. I've not done this yet so cannot vouch for its effectiveness.
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    "Another way of doing this I've been informed is to wipe the surface with a damp cloth and sanding. I've not done this yet so cannot vouch for its effectiveness"

    Yes - a slightly damp cloth does make the laid down fibres stand up ready to be sanded flat and too damp a cloth can result in some interesting effects with soft/ harder wood in an object or board

    Just try it and do the closed eyes touchy feel of the surface and you will feel the difference

    Mike

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    I am confused now. Is the poll about who likes/would like reversing the rotation of the lathe for sanding, whatever the reasons, or about who considers sanding both ways worth the effort? The latter can be achieved in other ways, not necessarily with the former.

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    I use reverse occasionally when I'm trying to sand furry timbers like Poplar - seems to help pick up the fibres that otherwise just lay over and burnish
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    I occasionally sand in reverse , with trepidation!!
    If I have a turned a bit of burl with gaps in it, I reverse sand to get rid of the sharp feeling bit on the trailing edge.
    Otherwise, I stick to one direction.
    Cheers,
    Steck

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