After a couple of false starts, where I kept stubbing my injured finger, I resumed sanding yesterday, using the orbital sander, to clean up the chairs, using 80 grit, my plan is to go up to 320 grit on all the dining room furniture.
Today however it was time for hand sanding again, this time some of the detail, which is the part I don’t like, patience is a virtue, they say, I just wish I had some!!
Anyway it was the holes in the chair backs.
I could either do this using small bits of sandpaper and two fingers, which would take an eternity, and painful fingers, or make a contoured sanding block, which sounded by far the better option.
I took a piece of PVC tube, slightly smaller than the hole, and went to the tablesaw!! Firstly I cut it to length, then cut it down it’s length, the split is there to tuck the sandpaper into
To further retain the paper, you could either spray glue on the back of the sandpaper, or tape the split tightly shut, but I decided to give it a go as it was.
Before starting I had another hurdle, the Makers, because they paint their furniture, are not too particular on finish, as you will have already gathered, in addition to the nails, when they cut the holes, using a hole-saw, they cut from both sides to avoid tear out, but on one hole they misaligned, and there is a noticeable difference, also they burnt the wood in every hole, probably using an old cutter.
Before starting with my sanding tube, I used my multi-tool (Dremel copy) with a course sanding drum, and removed the burn marks, and disguised the bodged hole cut, only I will know it is there.
It was then time to get the sanding tube to do some work.
You can either use a push/pull method from one side, but have to be careful not to sand the circle out of shape, or using two hands, one either side of the hole sand with the circle, which is more accurate, but much slower, I have found that be using a combination of the two, it works!
I am still on 100 grit, so will be sanding for some time to come!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright