Oh Sanding how I loathe it
Grit after grit
With the grain. Against the grain
My shop fills with dust, where will it set
With the papers I sit
But the project must be finished, or all my work is for vane.
Sanding is not one of the funnest things we have to do in the shop. No matter how you sand. Though since I have taken up turning I have learned even more so how important it is. I go there today because I spent about 45 minutes in the shop this afternoon working on this pile…
I spent that time running all of this over my belt sander at 100 grit. I still have 2 more grits to go before I will start doing transfers to these pieces. Now I now using the bench top belt sander is not he most tedious way to do sanding. but after the first 10 or 20 pieces it can become a bit monotonous. Have to keep an eye on what you are doing though otherwise who knows where the piece could zip off to. Thankfully I did not lose any pieces today but it has happened. When I first started doing transfers I made the mistake of a bad sanding job.
So now I do this in batches. and make sure everything gets a nice smooth finish before getting a transfer applied. This nice thing about making my games is I can batch process a lot of the steps. I did not take a any pictures of the cutting down of these pieces. But I cut almost all of them at the same time. The pine is what I use primarily for my games and games are one of two widths and a couple of lengths. so out of a few 1×8s I can make a number of boards.
I will spending the next few nights doing some additional sanding of these pieces as well as working on some pens that I can not post until next month as they are for the IAP Birthday Bash. In fact got to work with Sophia yesterday and finished her entry into the Youth Category.
In the meantime though thanks to a new Facebook Group, Component Pen Challenge I was challenged this week to make my first closed end pen.
Well that is all I have for this week, I know not much.. but I’ll see what I can come up with for next week. In the meantime take a look at my last two entries and make something special for that valentine of yours.
Have a good week in and out of the shop.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)