Working with recycled timber #83: The Model Potato Crate Surface finishing

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-18-2017 09:29 AM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 82: The model Potato Crate gets assembled Part 83 of Working with recycled timber series Part 84: Pallet Table 2012 to 2018 »

Almost done, once all the glue was set it was time to commence surface finishing

I started off on the disc Sander getting all the board edges level and then commenced sanding all the saw blade burn marks out.
I used my 1/2 sheet orbital sander and a ROS started with 80 grit and finished with 400 grit.

I burned up heaps of sheets sanding this tough as timber I think each crate devoured a single sheet of each grade but it was worth it all.

This was the result I obtained.
The left crate has been sanded, and its mate on the right awaiting its turn

The grits I used were, 80 120 240 320 an finished with 400.

Once I had finished the sanding I set up my polishing gear to finish the project.

I used a white compound and a sisal pad mounted on a spindle to polish each crate.

Working away I produced the following results.


And this is the final finished job, some of the saw marks you see were left for the rustic effect.

The stack of dead sanding consumables are on the right!

That completes the actual woodworking aspects, all that remains now is to fit the angle bracing on the corners.

I went looking for suitable angle today on both the net and local harware suppliers but returned empty handed, I hope this doesn’t turn into a activity like the Euro hinge hunt saga.

Well thats it for the blog, once I find the angle I will fit it all, and will then post the Model Crates as a project.

BTW I got a good result with the friction polishing, however I thought I could improve on it, so I decided to use some furniture polish to see if I could get a better sheen, ...dont try this at home … the furniture polish produced a less sheen effect which was actually worse! ... and I had to re-polish a section again to match the rest of the crate.

Thanks for following and commenting.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 09:45 AM

Rob, nice project…now if you had just put splines in the corners it would look like this.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 09:54 AM

Next time Big Al, next time, ...promise!

-- Regards Rob

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