Drift Redwood Bench Build #3: Sanding Purgatory

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Blog entry by scruboak51 posted 02-09-2014 02:06 AM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Sanding and hidden rocks Part 3 of Drift Redwood Bench Build series Part 4: Finishing but far from finished »

I used to really enjoy sanding. Give me a nice big flat surface, some headphones perhaps a beer or two (or three; I’m Irish) and I could sand uninterrupted for hours. With this project, I have met my match. Those irregular surfaces are just brutal… as was the wood itself.

Not only did I meet my match, but so did my sander. The velcro pad is pretty well toast (2nd one) I blew a hole through the dust collection bag and the bearings are starting to go as it sounds like a combination between a jet engine and jack-hammer. For an $80 dollar tool, I couldn’t have asked for more. In the past 3 years it has seen hundreds of hours of use and abuse.

In all it’s glory from an earlier project;

In terms of hours spent sanding, I’ve really lost track; I put a good 5 in today sanding mostly from 220 to 400. Perhaps 20 to 25 would be a good estimate. while I would love to say that I’ve eliminated all the sanding marks, that is not the case, there are a few (hopefully well hidden) that remain. However, in terms of my sanity it was time to move on.

Here the bench is all sanded and ready for finishing

and here is what the first coat of stain looks like

I am going with Minwax’s natural stain. I’ve been very happy using this on light woods like Pine to bring out depth and character. The darkness imparted is not much different than that of an oil finish.

Tomorrow, I’ll start applying shellac and hopefully by end of next week I’ll have the bottom finished and then can tackle the top.

I still need to figure out a base of some type for this. I’ve got a few thoughts on working with a local blacksmith to forged some metal legs (No hair-pin legs)

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading.

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 02:11 AM

That’s a LOT of sanding, but I’m willing to guess you are also going to end up with an awesome piece because of it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 02:46 AM

Mother Nature’s really likin’ what you’re doin’ with that Tree Root. am I. :-)

Sorry for your loss, but there will be other sanders in your future.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 06:02 AM

That looks amazing, who doesn’t hate a 25 hour sanding session, but it looks like it will be well worth it in the end!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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