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The Final Touch - Finishing the Bottom
By Al Miotke

Introduction

You have just finished turning a bowl or vessel, sanding is complete, and possibly the finish is applied. Well, except for the bottom, that is. You now need to remove the piece from the chuck or faceplate and find the best way to hold it securely while you clean up and finish the bottom. I remember when I first started turning, my approach was to part off the bowl, and take the piece to my disk sander to create a flat bottom. There are a few disadvantages to this approach. First, the bowl will most likely not sit flat on the table in six months due to wood movement, so it’s best to dish the bottom so the piece rests on just the rim. Second, I learned quickly that people notice the bottom, so adding some detail adds a level of professionalism. In this article, I will review a number of possible methods for holding your work piece while you finish up that all important bottom.

 

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