Plantation Shutters #15: 2nd attempt at sanding pieces: success!

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 06-26-2017 05:18 AM 1828 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Re-Square window jambs, Charles Neil's trace coating Part 15 of Plantation Shutters series Part 16: Testing of stain, gel, oil, charred, ammonia, and shellac on basswood. For science! »

Very happy at the end results with this batch.
In previous blog entry, I mentioned I was giving a shot at the “trace coat” sworn by Charles Neil. It really helped to determine when to keep sanding, when to stop sanding. Though, I think I messed up the first board in the beginning by wiping 100% pure red food coloring instead of later boards of diluted water: 80% water / 20% food coloring (or so) to give that “haze” of color instead of rich color. If you are interested in this method, do visit Mr Neil’s website for in depth talk and do’s and dont’s.
I was undecided if using a hand plane would work or using a scraper on the edges. I went hand plane and realized this basswood is finicky with the grain direction. I also added 1/16” addition on the edges when I sent pieces through the table saw knowing I would probably use a hand plane. But either way, I made man-glitter!

I think using a hand plane on the edges would “compact” the fibers so did a light sanding of 240 (really got to order some 180 & 220 soon), also ROS’d carefully the faces with 120 then 240. Broke the edges while I was at it and thank goodness I built this down draft table. Makes a HUGE difference.
I have learned from my first batch. I fine tuned both my table saw (down to 0.002”) and miter saw (0.004” over 12” length) so that everything would end up square. End result: everything is square and correct measurements.
Have to do some light edge sanding from the miter saw cuts tomorrow, but that shouldn’t take long. Can finally get to the next step of assembling frames using the Rockler plantation shutter jig hopefully this week.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 09:12 PM

Holbs, the blanks look good. Now, the real fun begins when they will start looking like shutters.

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 09:19 PM

Yep. Before continuing, I am researching how best to seal, stain, and protect the basswood frames & louvers. Mind you, everything in the above pictures are for the stiles & rails. I bought Rockler’s pre-cut louvers already since they were on sale.
It seems basswood is even more difficult than Knotty Alder! Looking at Japanese burning of wood…

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 03:02 PM

Looking good Holbs! Can’t wait to see them come together.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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