I was excited to get back to my make-shift workshop today; eager to see what I could do with the wanna-be chests awaiting my next maneuver.
As I look at my beasts of burden, I survey what I’m up against:
-warped sides, despite being shoerd up with framing planks.
-completely unsquared corners (due to the warpage).
-flush bottom combined with protruding sides.
-and a partidge drinking beeeer freeeeeeeee!
Because I have no hand planes avaialble in my shop (right now…...still trying to find something affordable; I’m also still trying to justify to mysel [in my head] and my wife why $136 is a great price for a jack plane), I have to rely on 60 grit sandpaper and either my belt sander or handy-dandy orbital. Well, today I chose the orbital. Now I’m sure the belt sander would make quick work of my daunting task, however, because the Naples Leroy Merlin (the european equivalent of Home Depot) has decided 2cm is too thick, I have to deal with 1.8cm. Hence using the orbital. I’d rather not have a see-through toy chest for my son at this point in time.
After 1 1/2 hours of sanding the linen chest I started to see some headway. All the edges started meeting up, gaps started to disappear. I felt a sense of accomplishment. A few minor glitches were noted, but nothing I couldn’t overcome. Then came the toy chest. Oooohhhhhh brother!
Now picture this: the linen chest is 150cm long, 50cm wide, and 50cm tall, not a small chest at all. Standing on end, my wife of 5’1” can walk into it and close the lid. It is shored up inside (cuz the wood is so damn flimsy) with planks of ash and maple. You’d think this beast would give me some issues, but nope! Thinks are working out like a charm.
However….......its little cousin, the toy chest, at a mere 95cm long, 40cm wide, and 40 cm tall, is a freaking nightmare!
After and hour of sanding, 3 sanding disks, and pounds of sawdust flying about, this monolith still looks like I hadn’t touched it! The shored-up insides (with birch, I believe) began to flex as the “laminated” pine began to shudder apart. What the hell kind of epoxy/glue/process did they make this board with??!
So, needless to say. Day 2 feels like a wash. No complete sense of accomplishment prevailed; just a sense of futility. Hopefully day 3 will prove more fruitful.
-- "Today is more like now than it ever was before." -Yogi Berra