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Screed (not a straight edge)

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Project by redtail posted 09-07-2018 06:02 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is an elementary age (grades 3-5) science teacher at a private school in Massachusetts. This summer she was able to get an augmented reality sandbox for the school. Last weekend while helping her get it set up and calibrated I realized that it would be helpful for her to have a screed to flatten the sand when needed. I headed off to the local blue big box store to get some clear pine but, as I usually do, I stopped at the maple section to see if they had any special boards. Just so happens that they had a very nice curly maple board just the right size. It cost about $10 more than the pine I had in my hand so I put the pine back and took the maple home.

This project was done with hand tools except for the thickness planing required to get it down to 1/2”. Final dimensions are about 30” x 5 1/2” x 1/2”.

It’s finished with a heated combination of BLO and bees wax.

I made the handle hole a little longer than I normally would have thinking that the kids may want to use two hands.

She brought it in to school today and I am waiting to see if it works well for the kids.

See agumented reality sandbox :
https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu/





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cmmyakman

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#1 posted 09-07-2018 06:36 PM

That must be the nicest screed on the face of the earth.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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pottz

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#2 posted 09-07-2018 09:54 PM

id never heard of this before,that is crazy cool sand box,a long way from the sand boxes i played in as a kid.nice job on the screed too.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 09-08-2018 03:11 AM

Landscapers all over the USA want you to make them a pretty screed.

I can hardly believe that board was just sitting at a BORG waiting to be plucked.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Peteybadboy

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#4 posted 09-08-2018 10:27 AM

Nice project!

-- Petey

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Phil32

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#5 posted 09-08-2018 03:51 PM

I’m puzzled by your use of the word “screed” – my dictionary says it’s a “tiresomely long document or letter.”

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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Imakenicefirewood

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#6 posted 09-08-2018 05:01 PM

Definition of screed:

1 a : a lengthy discourse b : an informal piece of writing (such as a personal letter) c : a ranting piece of writing

2 : a strip (as of a plaster of the thickness planned for the coat) laid on as a guide

3 : a leveling device drawn over freshly poured concrete or in this case sand

That’s an awful nice piece to come the big box store. Good find.

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Phil32

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#7 posted 09-08-2018 06:10 PM

Thanks, I stand corrected.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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backup2one

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#8 posted 09-08-2018 06:28 PM

nice flatenerouter. Ima thinking that piece would have ended up in my project bin and the school kids that don’t know any different anyways would have gotten the pine. lol

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redtail

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#9 posted 09-08-2018 07:08 PM



nice flatenerouter. Ima thinking that piece would have ended up in my project bin and the school kids that don t know any different anyways would have gotten the pine. lol

- backup2one

This was first a project for my wife more than the kids. She loves tiger maple.

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backup2one

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#10 posted 09-08-2018 07:21 PM


nice flatenerouter. Ima thinking that piece would have ended up in my project bin and the school kids that don t know any different anyways would have gotten the pine. lol

- backup2one

This was first a project for my wife more than the kids. She loves tiger maple.

- redtail


meant no offense it’s important to keep the wife happy

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redtail

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#11 posted 09-08-2018 07:28 PM


nice flatenerouter. Ima thinking that piece would have ended up in my project bin and the school kids that don t know any different anyways would have gotten the pine. lol

- backup2one

This was first a project for my wife more than the kids. She loves tiger maple.

- redtail

meant no offense it s important to keep the wife happy

- backup2one

None taken.

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redtail

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#12 posted 09-09-2018 04:48 PM

I think something is up at the blue big box store. I went back today and found this 1×8 6 footer.

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pottz

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#13 posted 09-09-2018 06:08 PM

id better check more often at my location thats some nice wood.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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kooldecker

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#14 posted 09-18-2018 12:53 PM

As a ” person of concrete” lol…....i can tell you that both screed and straightedge are perfectly acceptable terms for that beautiful tool you created. Great job! And anytime you can combine workin with the wood AND earn wifey points…..well thats a glorious day indeed sir!

-- " I dont understand......I cut that board AT LEAST 4 times and its STILL too short!"

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