FWW Build Off '08 #4: Wine Rack Installment #4

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Blog entry by RusticElements posted 04-24-2008 03:22 PM 1097 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the rough sanding on the outside is done down to 150 grit. I used a belt sander with medium grit to do the bulk of it then an RO palm sander for the 150. The belt sander is an absolute no no if working on a cedar canoe but on the maple it worked great.

There’s always a few gaps between the planks that have to be filled. I mixed up some filler using white wood glue (dries clear) and maple sanding dust to use as filler. I used epoxy and sanding dust when building the canoe and that worked much better than the glue. I think I’ll switch back. This shows the filler before it’s dry.


And after it’s sanded.


Of course, there’s always obstacles. On Sunday my wife took over part of my shop to assemble her new bee hive.


You may have noticed the blue tape on the mold earlier. The reason I use it is to keep the shell from being glued to the mold. You can see here several spots where it stuck to the tape.


This is roughly how it will look when done.


Marking where the gunnels will go.


The belt sander doesn’t work on the concave inside surface so I had to use the RO sander. That took a while. Here’s a shot of how rough the wood was.


Here’s where I’m at now. Sanded to 150 inside and out and the base started.


I want to put a keel on it that wraps from nose to bottom so I had to break down and build a steam box. I built one out of plywood 1’ X 1’ X 8’ but my Coleman stove doesn’t seem to be putting out as well as it used to so I couldn’t make enough steam to do any good. So I made a smaller one out of stove pipe. That seems to be working fairly well. Note the kettle modified with a piece of steel conduit and steel handle.


Well, only one week to go. There’s still a lot of work to do…

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#1 posted 04-24-2008 03:38 PM

Its going to be one fine looking wine rack when you’re done. Love the steam box, now thats being inventive. Keep the projects coming.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 01:33 AM

Very impressive Michael. Never tried to do the bending to that extent. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 03:24 AM

A lot of work done very professional. If the wine rack doesn’t work, you could complete the canoe and go fishing.

-- JJohn

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