Few will argue that the bane of woodworking is sanding. But, I’m also guilty of carrying my “dry sanding” approaches from woodworking over into my woodturning, which doesn’t make the process any easier. If you’re with me here, then we both have things to learn from Mike Peace’s AAW feature article in this issue of “Woodturning Monthly.” Mike addresses the compelling case for why adding a lubricant to your sanding process makes sense. Of course it significantly reduces airborne sanding dust. But it’s also a good way to create smoother surfaces, safeguard against heat-induced checking and see those tiny scratches that stand in the way of an impressive final finish. Mike also offers several simple recipes for what these lubricants can be, using commonly available ingredients.
I think it’s about time I start sanding smarter. Come Saturday morning, I’m going to give Mike’s advice a try. I hope you’ll join me by doing the same.
Chris Marshall, Woodworker’s Journal