Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
Are Stabilized blanks worth the extra cost?

Phil Winn
>I am relatively new to turning-my JET lathe came with some plain blanks which I turned into nice pens. Then I started purchasing stabilized blanks from WoodCraft, and I liked the “finish” better. Then I posted here, and someone suggested Arizona Silhouette and Craft Supply as a source for nice blanks.
Yes the wood is very nice-“eye candy”, but often the blanks are bent (see other post…). For the stabilized blanks I finish them this way:
I sand 150,180,220,280,320,400,500,600,800,1000,1200,
1500,2000,3000,4000,5000,6000,8000,12000.(MicroMesh) Then I use HUT friction polish.
Questions: (I am a novice “wood turner”)
1. Are Stabilized blanks worth the extra cost?
2. Why?
3. Am I finishing them correctly?
4. Where is the best place to purchase awesome

stabilized blanks?
5. Where is the best place to purchase awesome

plain blanks?
6. Best way to finish plain blanks?
7. How to correctly use MicroMesh? Use a backing block or no block? How hot? how long to sand-how to tell when to go to finer grit?
(I put the lathe on to 1000 RPM or so when sanding) How does one tell that the MicroMesh
is used up? How to clean MM?
8. Which "woods" are most popular with customers?
9.Natural colors or stained like Red,Blue, etc?
You all are such a great help to us-thanks!
Thanks,
Phil

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Are Stabilized blanks worth the extra cost?
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