After some excellent advice in my last blog post, I decided rather that trying to work on my dovetail skills, I would take a step back and work on the component skills.
I wanted to make my version of woodpezzer's porcupine. I had the wood (some figured maple in smaller pieces). Why not try that!
I started by gluing up three one inch pieces and drawing on my little porky. He is about 14” long and 6” tall.
Next came my rough shaping. Big chunks, little chunks, some basic shaping. Mostly a coping saw, but a little with my dovetail saw too.
Doesn’t look much like a porcupine at this point. I became a big fan of my Veritas spokeshave during the shaping process. Then hours of sanding to give him more porcupine-ness. I read in another thread that an emery board was good for getting into crevices – and it was! But I am still quite unhappy with the texture in the close angles.
So my question at this point is what can I do to give those areas above and around the feet nice and smooth? I tried taking a strip of sandpaper and folding it in half, then pulling it back and forth with the folded edge in the angle but I cannot get any pressure and it does not seem to be taking anything off. The emery board is nice because it is mounted on something like foam core board, so it shapes itself to the the wood, but it does not have any abrasion on the edge and the abrasion is pretty fine for what I need.
I started with 40 grit sandpaper – is that too coarse? The rest of the body has been sanded with the foam block and that turned out really nice – but again, it won’t fit into the area around the feet.
After I get that foot area smooth, I will take the sanding a couple of steps further. I hope I can get some nice dowels this week, but if not I will use the basic HD ones for display purposes until I track down a nice variety of woods. I plan to drill the holes before I finish him. Not sure how I will finish him yet, but my copy of Jeff Jewitt’s “Finishing” arrived this week, so I have 300 pages to figure that out!
-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.