I’m learning how to create my own inlays. This is my first attempt at creating a fan using sand shading. For those of you who have not done sand shading I have a few tips:
1) Use a cast iron skillet. I found a small one for less than $10 at a local store.
2) Use fine grain sand. I found a 40 pound bag at Menards for about $5.00. (Menards is a chain of stores in the mid-west similar to Lowes or Home-Depot. I like Menards better because they carry stuff like 4’x8’ sheets of Baltic Birch plywood)
3) Use a hot plate on high to heat the sand.
4) You only need a shallow layer of sand, too much sand and it takes a long time for it to heat up.
5) Use tweezers to handle the wood. I made the mistake of touching the scorched area of the wood with my fingers, the stuff gets hot enough to burn, (“duhh, it’s burning the wood”, I had to say to myself after getting burnt)
For anyone wanting to learn more about sand shading and how to make a fan here is a link to a fantastic video at the Popular Woodworking site.
Anyway, here is a picture of my partially complete fan:
-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter