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Ambrosia-birdseye maple #10: last steps before the spray booth

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 954 days ago 1541 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: handle, lid, and finishing the inside Part 10 of Ambrosia-birdseye maple series Part 11: first coat of poly »

My next step is to put a piece of raw cedar inside the box. It servers two purposes. First it is the stop to keep the lid from opening to far and hitting the back of the box possible messing up the finish. Second is to fill the box with that wonderful cedar smell.

Now it’s time to cut those nails off. I don’t get closer that a 1/16 or so to the box. 80 grit paper on the sander takes it down quick enough.

Next comes the right angle grinder with a flap sanding disc. I don’t remember if this on is 60 or 80 grit. I will not be doing much sculpting on these to boxes, but make sure you have a respirator and plenty of ventilation in the shop. It throws up a lot of dust. I am looking to get goggles for this because I get so much dust in my eyes. I also pull out the fans, open all doors and windows, and keep a change of clothes so I don’t carry all that dust into the house. I know that sounds like a lot, but after you have made a sculpted box with a rt angle grinder once, you will see. I like to do it outside when ever possible. As I said this is just a little cosmetic surgery, just to soften it up. I just remember this::: You want to make sure the box is SECURED to your work area. The first time I tried this, I didn’t think about it and threw my box across the shop. Thankfully neither me nor the box was injured.


I have two more blocks that I screw down to lock the box in place. It makes it a pain and takes time to more the box to where I want it but after that first experience the time is well worth my fingers and all the work I have in the boxes up to this point.

And here they are ready for the spray booth. I didn’t take picture of the sanding, I am sure we all know the procedure. I use a bosch orbital sander. my progressing of sandpaper was 80-120-180-220. I will be putting on a coat of polycriylic gloss this afternoon and then check it in the morning. I will look for swirl marks and scratches for the sanding at this point. If I find any I will sand them out, then put on another 3-4 coats of poly sanding with 400 grit paper between each coat. I use a small cup sprayer I will take a pic of for the final entry in this blog. I guess that is about it. I will try to provide pics to go with the finishing, but I am not promising anything more than before and after pics and a picture of the tools used. If you can think of any questions you have about finishing let me know and I will try to document what I would do.

Thanks,
Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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lanwater

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#1 posted 954 days ago

Hi Joey,

It’s coming along nicely.

The handles in the pic seems a little oversized; probably the angle of the pic.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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JoeyG

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#2 posted 954 days ago

They are a bit larger than they need to be. I was hoping for a bit of feed back on them. I will have to take another look at them and maybe give them a little shape. Luckily I haven’t gotten to that first coat of finish on them yet, so reworking them is not a problem at this point. Thanks for the input. I have been looking at these so long that it’s easy to miss things that should be obvious and they are so important that I would hate to make a mistake now. I still have 2 weeks to get them ready, so there is no need to rush through to get them done.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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jaykaypur

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#3 posted 954 days ago

I dont know if this is possible now ….......but if the handles could be “scalloped” like a sea shell ,,,,that would be cool.

Just thinking out loud. Great work Joey.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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JoeyG

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#4 posted 954 days ago

I will have to give that a try. At first I tried to make the handles waves and I didn’t like the way it looked. Wait…........... I just got an idea. I will chew on it tonight and give it a try in the morning. We have a family holiday we call New Life Day. Last year we went to Myrtle Beach and this year they (my wife and daughter) went to Discovery Cove. It wasn’t exactly a family holiday this year, but it holds special importance to our family that they got to go. I have a box of sea shells from Myrtle Beach gathering dust in the shop. I am thinking I just might be able to inlay one of them into the handles with clear epoxy. I’ll find a scrap of purpleheart and a ugly shell and see what I can come up with. I knew I left those handles over sized for a reason!!!

Thanks jaykaypur, I needed a little inspiration. I was a little worried of what I was going to do.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 954 days ago

I hope it turns out good for you and can hardly wait to see the finished piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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JoeyG

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#6 posted 954 days ago

Thanks, I’ll have pics as soon as I figure it out

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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lanwater

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#7 posted 954 days ago

You are not going to chew on the handle are you? ::))

The shell seems like a great idea.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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JoeyG

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#8 posted 953 days ago

This is what I have in mind so far. I may do a little shaping to the handle also to take that big, blocky look away and make it flow better

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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