camphor tray thing #2: finishing and delivery!

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Blog entry by Pete posted 12-22-2011 02:59 PM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I neglected to take photos of the copious amounts of sanding that followed the initial shaping.

There was some chisel action in there but not too much. Visited carbatec in sydney last weekend and picked up a spoon plane thinking that it might help clean up the inside. Total bust, maybe I was using it incorrectly but it just didn’t want to work very well at all. At least it was only $26!

Picture in your mind a beardy man with dustmask and eye protection wielding an angle grinder with flap disc attached; billowing clouds of fragrant camphor dust going every which way and the occasional curseword rising above racket and you’ll get the idea ;)

Needed to flatten the bottom and managed to do something to the plane my dad gave me, I took it apart to sharpen the blade and now when I try to put it back together it doesn’t go right. Will take some photos and maybe someone can tell me what went wrong.

So I used my impulse purchase from the woodworking show of a metabo random orbital sander instead and it came up quite good! Made in germany, how wonderful :D

Then came the hand sanding, oh my goodness the hand sanding. I wanted so many times to pick the stupid thing up and throw it into the bin. Turns out my patience and concentration do not work so well for hand sanding. Had to drop back down to 80 TWICE to get some stupid scratches out, then work my way back up to 320. Was going to go higher but my patience had worn out long ago.

On to finishing! Picked up some organoil danish oil while at Carbatec as the tin said food safe after curing. Just in case my giftee wanted to use it as a fruit bowl or something.

Well, this danish oil is nice stuff! It smells citrusy and you don’t need very much. I just brushed it on and waited 20 minutes then rubbed any excess off. Before the 2nd coat I rubbed it down with some steel wool then followed the same procedure as the first.

So there we go, my first go with power carving something. Pretty fun though it has to be done outside in good weather, so much dust!

Funny thing, all I can see are the flaws but I’ve had four people ask me if they can get one. We’ll see!

finished tray with some cadbury roses chocolates, ready to go!

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 08:59 PM

Very smart… and I love the colour and grain of the Camphor… well done…you have certainly learned a few things about carving…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 10:43 PM

I think I’ve only just scratched the surface of whats possible!

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 04:25 AM

That is some beautiful wood. Not a wood we can get around here.

What a great project.

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