Plantation Shutters #14: Re-Square window jambs, Charles Neil's trace coating

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 06-25-2017 04:36 AM 1954 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Tapered gaps mystery: solved! Part 14 of Plantation Shutters series Part 15: 2nd attempt at sanding pieces: success! »

Ah…more time to hit up the plantation shutter project after some work & personal time kept me away.
I made a flaw in my window jamb & stool squaring. The sliding story stick was not designed accurately leading me to have over 3/8” gap across 5 feet. Being that there will be 8 plantation shutter frames going in that are only allowed 1/8” gap, this 3/8” gap would not look good. So pulled everything down, de-nailed, and re-squared with 2 long boards & a Quick Clamp to give me square. I am now down under 1/8” total gap and I’m happy.
Next, sanding of pieces. I learned from previous mistake of cutting all pieces to dimension and then sanding. I tried to keep all pieces together where I could and will later cut after sanding. But first, a neat trick learned from Charles Neil that I am becoming to really like as it leaves no doubt in the end that you sanded correctly. Using food coloring to help you sand. See Charles Neil site for more info. I’ll have to re-watch his trace coating video as he recommends using a scraper. It was getting late this Saturday night so didn’t have time to sharpen my hand scrapers, pulled out my #4 instead and did a quick wonderful job. However, I think the grain is now … compacted? sheared flat? “too smooth” for the next step of putting on Shellac. I experimented on a test piece while the main pieces sit safely out of sight.
And I need better gloves :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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