Bench Top Mk II #3: Its done

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 12-07-2020 05:46 AM 459 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well believe it or not I did start with 40g and worked up to 320g and applied the sanding sealer on everything and when it was dry mounted it.

So why you may say?

I also wondered as the timber had been through a jointer and thicknesser anyway and I in fact considered skipping a few start up grades and start at 100g or higher.

A couple of reasons I did a test sand on an offcut and it looked OK and 2. there was a slight mis match of about .5 of a mm or 0.25th on the boards in a few spots even with three #20 biscuits fitted..

Anyway first up it was trim the ragged edges and for that I used my router with a bottom fitted guide bearing.

and a 12.6 or 1/2” bit

I just took it real slow going around and around.

I hadn’t used my router for ages and didn’t realise just how loud doing end grain milling was, so out came the earmuffs.

I felt Just like Ramsley Woodworking.
Once that was complete out came the ROS

here is the result after 40g

Supporting why I used 40g was the end grain burn marks that had to go

so off I went sanding away just like walking on the beach and letting the sand get between your toes

Yeah right. 40 3 x pads 60 2x pads , 80 2 x pads 120 1x pad 150 1x pad , and finally 320 1x pad

The finished result

Air hose? for blowing down between grits

then sanding sealer over everything and then mounting,... the exciting part!

So as Don would say that’s all folks

unless you need to do a quick joint recount

Is it square? no it isn’t! its out about 2mm why? who knows ! but hey its a work bench!

all a lot of fun thanks for following commenting and just plain watching!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 12-07-2020 06:17 AM

Only a first class workbench Rob!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 12-07-2020 07:29 AM

Thank you Peter

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-07-2020 11:35 AM

Well done, Rob! And now you’ve got sand between your toes!

2mm out of square isn’t much. If it bugs you, you can always square it up later, right?

Now what are you going to make on your new bench?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 12-07-2020 01:18 PM

Way to go.. I have a planer but with the right grits and being careful to do it evenly you can sort of make up for not having a dedicated thickness sander. It’s the reason I went from my Bosch ROS sander to an air one. I use it all the time and sometimes for this purpose.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 12-07-2020 02:01 PM

Well done, Rob! And now you’ve got sand between your toes!
- Dave Polaschek

..... Air hose? for blowing down between grits then sanding sealer over everything and then mounting,... the exciting part!
- robscastle

And sand between the grain…

Remember reading somewhere that air between grits is not a good idea as it can force unwanted crap into the grains… and sanding sealer will only glue it in… That’s why I hate reading… It repeats on me like a bad chilli when I least expect it!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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