Life as an Amateur Woodworker #15: Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year to One and All!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 12-22-2013 12:50 PM 2785 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided to make some last minute stocking fillers for family and friends, this year it was Cheese Boards, I bought some hardwood sheets from HomeCenter, unfortunately there was no description as to what wood was used to make up these sheets, but it had a nice grain.To make the process easier, I decided to make a another Spindle Sander which could be used on the Pillar Drill, or as is described in ‘The Family Handyman’, a drum sander.

The idea being this is clamped on the Pillar drill table, and the dust is drawn into the box and out into the collector, this was the easy part. But I haven’t got a drum sanding attachment, so off I went, and Colombia being Colombia, no one had heard of a 2-3” drum sander, they all offered me a dremel attachment, sorry not big enough!

I decided that the only option was to make one, I used the same technique as my previous hand held one, I cut a section off a spade shaft, using the Pillar Drill, I bore a hole through the centre for a 4” carriage bolt, and then cut a kerf in the drum to insert the sand paper, unfortunately it didn’t work, I think probably because there was no give in the drum, it looked good, but it was not the answer.

A cup of coffee and a couple of headache tablets later, I decided that by cutting them out using the jigsaw, a bit of hand sanding. and then using my 1/4” round over router bit, the job could be done, although not perfect, it would pass inspection.

So having completed six cheese boards, and oiled them with a couple of coats of mineral oil, they were ready for Santa to take to the recipients!

That left me with one final task before Christmas, and that was to make a set of place mats for myself. Unfortunately I have a dog who is on the destructive side when not supervised, and last week he helped himself to everything on the dining room table whilst we were out, and I mean everything, the rafia place mats were chewed, the wooden coaster eaten, paper serviettes, I’m still waiting for them to re-appear! and the box of Christmas biscuits lay open on the floor and half eaten…I think you get the picture!

So I decided that the mats would of a size to accommodate both a plate and glass with cutlery, hopefully if my four legged friend tried the same again, he would get nothing more than a headache, as they came off the table!
they ended up 36cm x 25cm, and were made in the same way as the cheese boards.

This certainly wasn’t a project to tax any wood worker, unless of course you include trying to buy the tools you need here in Colombia, hopefully things will improve with time, I had similar problems when I first lived in Spain, but with supply and demand things changed for the better, I am sure that will happen here as well.

A very Happy Christmas to everyone, see you again after the Festivities!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 03:39 PM

Good Luck and a great New Year!

Looking forward to your projects and evolution as a woodworker.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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