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Grinder Sculpting #5: Sanding

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 943 days ago 1938 reads 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a quick couple of pictures. I am not going to get to in depth with the sanding. Basically all I did was put 80 grit on my random orbital sander(ROS) and used the edge to sand out the deep scratches form the grinder. After that I went over it by hand with 80 grit getting out the swirl marks from the ROS. After I got out most of those I took a clean rag and clean water and dampened the box to help raise the grain. Next I will work my way through 100, 120, 150, 180, and 220. I haven’t decided on what finish I am going to use yet, so when I get to that point I’ll post another episode. I have about 1.5 hours at this point. I will try to keep track how long I take sanding to give you an idea. Usually when someone asks how long it takes to sand, I simple respond with it takes as long as it takes. LOL

That last picture looks like the wet side is flat, it is just the angle that I took the picture. I just wanted a quick pic and was not real concerned with how good they were.

See you next episode.

Joey

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



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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 943 days ago

Very nice job. At the second stage of sanding, do you hand sand or still use the ROS ?

by the way…Happy New Year

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

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 943 days ago

Joey, That is getting vey nice! I would skip a few of the grits as I think it is unnecessary. I usually go from 80 to 120,180,240,320,400,600 using the Abranet discs on my ROS. It goes much quicker with the Abranet. I can’t say enough good things about this stuff! This sanding sequence will actually put a shine on unfinished oak.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JoeyG

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#3 posted 943 days ago

@jaykaypar, I only use the ROS to get rid of the grinder marks. I used it all the way to 220 on a couple boxes but was not happy with how the finish laid down, so I went back to the old way. Once the grinder marks are out I do it all by hand, mainly because I can see and feel what I am doing better. And I get a better finish with hand sanding.

@gfadvm, I have not used the Abranet discs yet but have heard great things about them and plan to pick some up the next time I need to buy some. As for the grits, I don’t usually go past 220 until after the first coat of finish. If I am using a oil finish, I will go to 400. It really depends on the wood. I don’t like to take maple past 180 since it can cause adhesion problems. I believe a lot of lacquer companies recommend not going past 120.

I may have to pick up some 600 to see if it makes a difference in the finish, but I would be surprised to see any. At least not in what I am doing. Sitting here thinking about it, I do see one instance where your process may really help me. I do a lot of epoxy inlays and this may really add a extra dimension to those. I will have to give it a try and let you know. I see that you leave out the 150 in you count down. I am always temped to do this and the only real reason for it is that when you skip one you have to sand more with the next. With the orbital it’s not such a big deal, but it saves a bit of elbow grease when sanding by hand. Thanks for the tip on the Abranet, and your grit count. I will be trying it soon.

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

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vonhagen

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#4 posted 943 days ago

wow this is cool!!!!

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#5 posted 943 days ago

Thanks vonhagen,

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

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#6 posted 943 days ago

It’s going to be beautifull Joey.

I am following with great interest here.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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vonhagen

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#7 posted 942 days ago

could you imagine some quilted makore and then grinding it the way you did, i think my eyes would pop out like looking into the grand canyon.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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JoeyG

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#8 posted 942 days ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! That is one beautiful piece of wood. Where did you get that? It makes me want to run out to the lumberyard. I would be a little scared to start grinding on something like that. LOL I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

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

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vonhagen

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#9 posted 942 days ago

i got it from my veneer vendor and its very fragile, about 5 feet long and the slices are about 10 inches wide. this is some very spendy stuff i think if it was in 8/4 a board that size would be about 3 grand and sliced up into veneer even more. i am going to soften it up with some glycerin and water and it will be inlay for a table top. how would you like to have a log of this? i get nervous just looking at it. its going to be a sun burst top and its going to be the sun and then quartered ribbon mahogany for some of the rays and i havent figured out what else yet it is well hidden in the shop under tons of sheet stock

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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JoeyG

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#10 posted 942 days ago

That is going to be one stunning table. I was just searching the internet and found a pretty board that is 5/4×14x160 for about $300. It’s not as pretty as yours. I also checked my local yard and they have it at $12 a board ft for 5/4 stock. I will have to go see what they have. Sometimes you can find really nice piece in the middle or bottom of the stack. I am going to save your picture and go in and tell them I want something like that. Then I will cry after they tell me the price and I leave without it. LOL

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

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vonhagen

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#11 posted 942 days ago

yea stuff like this is pulled imediatly for veneer but there could be some rough that was missed so bring a little alcohol to check the boards

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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vonhagen

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#12 posted 942 days ago

this koa log was 60 grand

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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vonhagen

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#13 posted 942 days ago

this is called keenon and that is real gold in the resin over cnc routed mdf for a sunburst at 20 grand a sheet it took 3 sheets to do this bar modesty

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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JoeyG

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#14 posted 942 days ago

I just showed my wife that $60,000 board and she tells me not to get any grandiose ideas. LOL The bar is amazing but I think I will stick with wood. LOL With any luck my cabinet days are over.

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

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vonhagen

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#15 posted 942 days ago

im on i think my last big job, ive been working on this house in downtown lajolla for a year and got another year at least to go and wait till i start posting pics of it, out of control, money no object 12000 sq ft house. im getting to old and i just want to build furniture when i retire. this pic is of the hardest thing ive ever built

it took 6 months to build and 2 months to install. 250 grand wine rack

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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