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3M Roloc Bristle Disc


I am now using “3M ROLOC Bristle Discs” to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. See above photo.

The ROLOC discs are a lot tougher than “3M Radial Bristle Discs” or “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

The Roloc discs work best on almost flat things or on the outside of bowls or hollow forms.
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Meta Description: Carl is now using "3M ROLOC Bristle Discs" to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

Sanding Cheat Sheet


I really hate to sand! I try to avoid it like Covid-19. Thus it seems ironic that I have written a dozen blog entries on sanding.

Here is a cheat sheet for my students that sort of ties all of my sanding blog entries together.
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Meta Description: Carl's "Sanding Cheat Sheet" ties all of his sanding blog entries together. Wet Wood? Then use ... Already Finished? Spindle Turning? Bowl or Hollow Form?

Sanding Wet Wood


Old school wisdom says you can’t sand wet wood. i.e. something you turned out of a fresh log. You have to wait for the wood to dry out, then sand it.

If you try to sand with old school PAPER backed sandpaper the wood turns to mush and almost immediately clogs your sandpaper. You can’t wash off paper backed sandpaper with water. The paper just turns to mush.

Red Siasoft and Mirka Autonet are game changers. When the wood turns to mush and clogs up Red Siasoft you can do one of two things.
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Meta Description: Carl has developed a method that allows him to defy old school wisdom and sand wet wood. He friction dries with Siasoft then sands with Autonet.

Red Siasoft Sandpaper


Long ago Michael Hosaluk turned me on to using Siasoft Red Foam Backed sandpaper. I really like it. It is tougher than nails and works great on spindle turnings and wet wood. You can wash it out with water. Then reuse it over and over.

Red Siasoft works great for two things.
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Meta Description: Carl recommends "Siasoft Red Foam Backed" sandpaper. It is tougher than nails and works great on spindle turnings and wet wood. You can wash it out with water. Then reuse it over and over.