Turning Archive

Subject:
air dried black walnut bowl - wood wee bit soft

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I am turning a black walnut bowl from a wet turned blank that is long dry. The wood is the tiniest bit soft and if I sand it on the lathe it leaves lines. The wood is softer than kiln dried and way softer than Bubinga (for example). I am using very sharp tools and taking the lighest of cuts but the sandpaper leaves lines.

I'm thinking of soaking it with Watco/Teak Oil or some such and then (once dry and hard) doing a light finish turn before sanding. Is this idea good, bad, or indifferent - or does someone have a better idea.

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