Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'sandpaper'

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Building a brace till #22: Starting to finish the drawer fronts

01-09-2022 05:38 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

This morning I started finishing the drawer fronts. It will probably be at least a two-day process. First up was trimming the height of the bottom row. Pretty easy to mark, just reach around behind and use the bottom of the carcasse to make pencil marks at each end of a drawer front, and then connect the dots. After sawing them off, I started on each drawer. For each, as I pulled it, I first marked which side was up on the back. Then I planed the front as smooth as I could wi...

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Little Staked Table #3: Softening the Edges, Finishing

10-04-2021 09:20 PM by Dave Polaschek | 17 comments »

It’s been a productive day, with a third shop-session. Aside from turning the legs and gluing up the top, nearly all the work (to this point) on this table happened in a single day. Whew! First up was trimming the ends of the battens to match the size of the tabletop. No big deal, I grabbed the dovetail saw that was on the bench to do the job. Then it was time to round the corners. I found a handy template in the shop, and drew some lines. Then cut the corners round using my ...

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Spatula repair #4: Wrapping it up

08-01-2021 08:37 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

I started today by picking up the spatula and feeling where the handle didn’t feel right. Mostly it was a matter of the corners needing to be rounded off a little more, so I got out the small HNT Gordon small spokeshave and started using it on the corners. I’m getting to the point where workholding can get challenging, but my big twin-screw vise is pretty handy for holding onto odd-shaped things, and by skewing it slightly, it holds the handle just fine while I’m fine-tuning the shape....

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Spatula repair #3: More shaping

08-01-2021 01:38 AM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

Spent a couple hours today shaping the handle further. I started with a spokeshave, just eyeballing a comfortable shape. Then on each end of the handle I marked guide-lines for a taper at the end, and cut to them with a knife. Then I used some 60-grit sandpaper to fair the sides and edges to the corners I’d cut. Going back to the knife, I trimmed the corners a little further. Then sanded again to get nice rounded edges leading into the end grain on both ends of the...

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01-05-2019 11:05 PM by GnarlyErik | 4 comments »

Maybe the least fun part of any woodworking project requiring a nice finish is the smoothing and sanding. Over the years I’ve been taught or learned by trial and error a few little tricks to make things easier and better. Many years ago a boat-school-taught guy in the boat shop saw me whaling away with a big disc sander on something and made a snotty remark saying, ‘Anybody can WEAR wood!’. The implication was that ‘purists’ like him depended on very sharp tools only. Some may disagree...

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Tip: The Shim Fix for the Small Gaps in a Mitered Corner

03-25-2018 01:14 AM by DeLayne Peck | 2 comments »

If anything sets me off in the shop, it is miscutting or bumbling a miter. Too often I don’t have the material or patience to remake a part. Or, an effort to grain match just cracked up. There are a lot of solutions: Glue and sawdust, burnishing with a screwdriver, or try wood putty. I’m certain shimming a gap is not new. But, it works. Cut a thin strip. Hand sand it to thickness. Dot some glue on it and tap it in place. Carefully clean up any squeeze-out. When the ...

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Folding Sandpaper

10-28-2017 05:32 AM by Rich | 6 comments »

I know this seems like a trivial thing, but after folding sandpaper this way for decades, I was surprised to find only one youtube video that discussed it, and even it failed to mention the folding order needed to easily use all four surfaces of the folded sheet. When sanding, while getting into tight places, and following contours requires a single thickness of paper, hand-sanding flat surfaces without a block is difficult with one layer. For one, there is nothing to stiffen the paper, a...

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Hints and Tips #16: Flattening a Box

11-07-2015 02:46 AM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

I’ve been making a few boxes lately and have at least one more to go. I saw this technique for fine tuning the bottom or top edges of a box on a YouTube video about guitar making. In the video the luthier had a large sheet of sandpaper glued to a piece of plywood. After creating the sides of the guitar body, he would rub the edges of the body (sans bottom or top) on the sandpaper to even out the edges completely. Since my joinery is far from perfect, I’ve been using this m...

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Sandpaper Storage Rack

02-17-2015 05:13 PM by GlassImpressions | 3 comments »

I filmed the build on my YouTube Channel. Please check it out! Please like, share, and if you enjoyed the video subscribe! My solution to storing my sandpaper was not ideal. As you can see in the pictures, the paper has curled from the previous storage method. I make a simple tray style rack to store each grit of paper separately. Materials: MDF, Hardboard, Glue, Label Maker Construction Methods: Rabbits, and grooves, glue. I filmed the build on my YouT...

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Cleanup and Sharpen Old Chisels on the Cheap

09-15-2013 12:23 PM by A Slice of Wood Workshop | 0 comments »

I bought an old Stanley No 60 wood chisel the other day. It was rusty and needed a good sharpening. I used the scary sharp method. Please like, share, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more woodworking and blacksmithing projects. Click here for the video and comments are always appreciated!

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