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