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Blog entry by DaveLeHardt posted 01-30-2011 04:01 AM 979 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife regularly asks me to cut her some rectangular boards for her for the mixed media art she likes making. So today while getting some odds and ends for stool I’m building for a step grand nephew (I think that’s right; blended families can be challenging, anyways…) my sister asked me to build.

So after giving the board a quick pass thru the jointer and planer, it was cut to be about 8 in square blocks. To pretty up the ends I took my smoothing and block plan to the long grain (non-end grain side, right? Still fumbling with getting all the terminology right…) to smooth and break the edges.

I tried the block plane on the end grain and didn’t much like how that was coming out. So I took my cordless orbital sander with a fine Micorplane sanding disc on it. I’d read a review of these somewhere else that they’re more like a plane than sander. And for the end grain with the fine disc it was just that! A couple of swipes with 180 grit sandpaper and it was nice and smooth. So it was cool to discover that the Microplane disc on the orbital sander became basically an orbital low angle plane.

And once I’m done with them, Tina performs her magic on them and turns plain ole Poplar blocks of wood into Art.

Welp, I’m wolfing down a quick sammich dinner so I can get back to my other project, the step stool. As the boy’s name is Luke and his dad is a Star Wars nut, I wanted to give it Star Wars finishing treatment, but Sis put the kibosh on that. Oh well, maybe when I make a toybox for him for Yule!

Catch y’all later!

Oh almost forgot to mention, I got the Microplane discs at Harbor Freight Tools. Been easily a year or so since I’ve bought them, and haven’t seen them there since. Was trolling the Microplane website and didn’t see them there either. Haven’t checked Ebay or Amazon, but they still may have some if you’re interested.

-- What? Me worry?!

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 05:00 AM

Dave, Pretty nice way your wife converts those plain looking boards. Nice that you can work together to make great looking stuff. I love to do joint projects with the wife and her sewing room.
Good tip on the microplane, I think I have seen them at Woodcraft. Good luck with the stool, I’ll keep an eye out for it.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 12:21 AM

Dave nice blocks and review BUT your wife’s art is really beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the step stool.
...and may the boards be with you!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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