Watch Box #8: Finished

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Blog entry by Andy posted 02-03-2012 04:43 PM 8425 reads 21 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally I got it done and shipped it off to the customer. He wont get it in his hands until next week, so I will post his impressions when I hear back. I hope its what he wants!!!

Some of you may know about this but many will not. This is my secret to quickly fine sand the box prior to spraying lacquer. I hand sanded down to 220 and then I finish up with green nylon pads. These were bought at the local dollar store. Guess how much? Thats right, a whole dollar. You can buy similar pads at the auto supply store in the paint area, or some hardware stores or Woodcraft. I discovered these for sanding several years ago and use them for my final sanding because they conform to the waves and stay put in your fingers. In a few minutes you can have the wood so smooth it will shine without lacquer. For a finer finish use the burgandy and then the grey. The grits vary between manufactures but isnt that important for wood as it is for auto body work.

I also use them to sand between coats of finish using a well worn one for this task.

These are absolutely the best way to get a good finish sand on your work in the least amount of time!

The photos need work but here is what it looks like.

Thanks for looking and taking time to leave such nice comments. Now go make a box!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 04:48 PM

Wow Andy she is a beauty. Thanks for taking us all along. I just got a pack of those pads to clean my chili pots, now I will have to take one out to the shop and give it a try.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 04:49 PM

Thanks for the tip, nice work again.

-- Carpe Diem

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 04:49 PM

great work and tip too andy

i’ve used these pads too

what brand lacquer do you recommend
i need to get some soon
it’s snowing out here now
so it won’t happen today

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 04:51 PM

Great job Andy very impressive.

-- Dale, Ohio

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Jorge G.

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 05:01 PM

Thanks for the tip Andy, beautifully done.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 05:03 PM

Wow Andy.. another gorgeous box!

I wonder how those pads compare to steel wool..?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 05:05 PM

Great box and super tip, thanks Andy.


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#8 posted 02-03-2012 05:07 PM

Thanks for the tip, I used those pads a few years ago, and for some reason I quite. Keep up the great work, always very impresive.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 05:14 PM

What a beautiful box Andy. The woods are fantastic and the finish is too. I will give those pads a try.Thanks for the tip.

David Haven’t you heard that it doesn’t snow in Arizona?, lol. We got about 5” of snow ourselves just last night. Otherwise it’s been pretty warm until now. My grandson just finished clearing the driveway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 05:24 PM

well mike
it does in new mexico

however flagstaf arizona does get some snow
maybe why they put the naval observatory
on top of the mountain there

to keep it above the snow line ? lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 02-03-2012 05:36 PM

Absolutely great tutorial Andy. Thank you so much for taking the time.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 02-03-2012 05:40 PM

gosh… that’s frickin incredible Andy. yer a master box builder. beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 02-03-2012 05:53 PM

SUPER! Andy, thanks for taking us along; the end result is indeed just SUPER!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 02-03-2012 06:10 PM

Beautiful box Andy and great tip with the pads. I use them all the time and I agree, they’re great.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 02-03-2012 06:16 PM

That is a real humdinger, color and finish are beautiful, great work.

-- Tom D

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