Gord I got to watch a turner Mike Mahoney one time. He said and it has stuck with me since, start at 80 grit and go to 600 grit on bowls. On boxes I generally stop at 400 grit. He said where the new turners get in trouble is they think it looks good and they will skip one or two grits. He said they may jump from 150 grit to 220 or 320 grit. He also said another mistake made is to leaving the sanding dust on from the previous grit. He said to use a air hose to blow off the dust from the previous grit before going on to the other. He said if you don't there will be grit left behind from the previous sandpaper. When I have went thru all the grits in progression I will wipe with mineral spirits. Look it over real good to see where I have problems. If you have scratches they will definitely show up. If it looks good I finish with some type of oil finish and buff with the beall buff system. Like Bruce don't know if it is right or wrong but it does the job for me.
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