Grinder Sculpting

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Blog series by JoeyG updated 01-23-2012 08:03 PM 9 parts 34060 reads 97 comments total

Part 1: the box

12-17-2011 05:57 AM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

Hello again everyone. I had such a great time doing the last blogs, I just had to do another. This as the name states, will be about sculpting a box with a right angle grinder. I have began using this method after seeing Andy’s and Gary’s wonderful, sculptures that we like to call boxes. I saw it and just new it was something I wanted to get good at. Some people look at chip carving or the spirit in the tree, I saw how with just a little grinding on a straight grain board th...

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Part 2: design and layout

12-18-2011 07:46 PM by JoeyG | 16 comments »

First lets start with the work horses. I picked these up at Klingspore. It’s my local woodworking shop but I have also gotten them from the box stores. These are 50 and 80 grit. I will use the 80 on this project. The mahogany should be soft enough for it. I want to do one in purpleheart soon so I picked up the 50. If you haven’t worked with purpleheart, it is one hard wood, but that is a blog for another time. LOL. Here you see that I laid out a simple grid pattern over ...

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Part 3: setting the handle and lid

12-29-2011 01:53 AM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

The last thing I posted was the handle blank all glued and clamped up. It seems like it has been forever since I have worked on this project. Here we have the lid trimmed up so it fits and opens properly. I do this before I add the handle, it makes things a lot easier for me. Then it’s over to the jointer to square up the handle. The handle ended up about 1×1. I ripped to 3/8 and then found where I wanted it to sit on the lid. I then matched my outline for the sculptin...

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Part 4: The Grinding

12-29-2011 07:13 PM by JoeyG | 13 comments »

Well my shop is now a wreck, my eyes are full of dust and I had a blast. LOL. Lets start with the box and grinder. As you can see I drew in the lines on the handle to match up to the box. In the next pictures you will see the grinding process. I thought long and hard about making a video and decided that there wasn’t really a way for me to do it at this time. Maybe I will revisit the idea in the future. I start at my line and gentle pull into the center. I then go to the n...

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Part 5: Sanding

12-30-2011 11:39 PM by JoeyG | 19 comments »

Here is a quick couple of pictures. I am not going to get to in depth with the sanding. Basically all I did was put 80 grit on my random orbital sander(ROS) and used the edge to sand out the deep scratches form the grinder. After that I went over it by hand with 80 grit getting out the swirl marks from the ROS. After I got out most of those I took a clean rag and clean water and dampened the box to help raise the grain. Next I will work my way through 100, 120, 150, 180, and 220. I have...

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Part 6: The Finish Begins

01-08-2012 04:39 AM by JoeyG | 18 comments »

After sanding and sanding and then sanding some more I have finally started to get a little finish on this thing. I have been trying to decide what to use and finally decided to use Minwax Tung Oil Finish. I have been using the polycrylic a lot lately and want to do something else. I have debated using it over the tung oil finish but I am a little worried. I am working on a sample piece and the tung oil will have time to fully dry while I work on it. I figured I would show my sample pi...

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Part 7: The Finishing Continues

01-12-2012 12:44 AM by JoeyG | 9 comments »

I decided to go with just the tung oil finish on this one. I may wax and buff it at the end, I’ll wait to see if it needs it or not. I have pictures of the second and third coats here. I gave each coat at least 24 hours to dry then sanded with 400 and then reapplied the finish. Second coat Third coat I don’t know how many coats I will do total, it depends on how it builds. I’ll see ya next time.Joey

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Part 8: Time for some fabric

01-20-2012 01:58 AM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

The finish is coming along nicely. I am up to about 6 coats of tung oil finish. I have lost count and still have at least a couple more to go. I didn’t want to keep posting the same pics of the finish process so I decided to do something else. I have been leaving the bottoms plain since I use cedar and I really like the way it looks, but this time I wanted to do a little something extra. I haven’t lined any of my boxes recently and this one seemed to need a soft touch to it...

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Part 9: Final Episode

01-23-2012 08:03 PM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

This is it, I am all done. After getting the finish to the point I wanted it all I had to do was put in the cedar lid catch. I use a piece of raw cedar that I sanded down to 220. I don’t put any finish on it because I want that lovely smell to be as strong as possible. I used the epoxy that comes in the double syringes that you just press a little out and mix it up. I believe it is 5 min epoxy. After I put in the liner I put in the ceder and held in place for a few minutes. I nor...

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