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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Before sandpaper

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  • conradh@efn.org
    Oh, yeah. Horsetails (the reedlike fern relative, not the equine flyswatter!) were used to polish work by rubbing them back and forth on it or holding them
    Message 1 of 12 , May 16, 2012
      Oh, yeah. Horsetails (the reedlike fern relative, not the equine
      flyswatter!) were used to polish work by rubbing them back and forth on it
      or holding them against turnings being spun in a lathe. This would not
      remove lathe tool or even plane marks, just polish the surfaces the tools
      left.

      In a similar vein, some turners hold their own turning-chips against the
      spinning work in handfuls, for a final polish. The work still looks
      handmade, just shinier, and you can't beat the price!
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