One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Project by Andy posted 03-30-2014 12:20 AM 2353 views 29 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alright, so there isn’t any blue fish in this stringer, but it sounds better.
I am sure many of you are not too surprised that I couldn’t leave the fish shaped cooling racks to live out their lives looking flat and dull, so I shaped them.
I used a palm sander with 100 grit to work in the sweeping lines and then 150 grit to finish them off.
Then a quick once over with a green scotch brite pad and oil/ wax to protect them.

TIP: I have to confess that I have a faulty 5’’ dewalt palm sander that works great for shaping. It speeds up way to high and loses much of its random action…or appears to anyway. Its unsafe if you don’t expect what its going to do, but it is very aggressive and still controllable for dishing out grooves and rounding over edges. I had a PC that wound up doing the same thing as it got older even though I disassembled it and replaced the belt (rubber band ).
So if you have one acting up like this, keep it for shaping!
Thanks for looking.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 12:27 AM

Something smells fishy? No a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 12:31 AM

Pretty Cool, Andy. Those would sell well around here with all the fishermen.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 12:42 AM

They look fantastic.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 12:47 AM

The sculpting does add a lot to the look. VERY cool.

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 12:47 AM

Work of art! Love it.

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 01:34 AM

this is one school of fish who seem to be pretty happy, such a nice variety here andy, these would all look great at a pot luck…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 01:55 AM

Andy, we all knew you couldn’t resist raising the art level in these. I mean, they were just fine before, but they were not the sort of over the top, going the extra mile, bring it to a new level sort of work you do. Of course it needed sculpting. It was not enough that it was utilitarian, beautiful, and well made … it had to be artsy … and of course it is. This rendition is superb. Thanks for including us in the process. The first one in the series is my favorite.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 02:31 AM

+1 Superb

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 03:30 AM

I got a kick out of the last one that is smiling : )

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 03:46 AM

Yep… more n more, it’s getting very Fishy around here… :)

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 03:50 AM

Andy: That’s a real fish story if I ever heard one.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 04:21 AM

Just have to outdo a good job already done don’t you.

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 08:56 AM

Nice step beyond, Andy. The last one looks like the fish crackers! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 03-30-2014 11:33 AM

Great work!

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#15 posted 03-30-2014 01:55 PM

Nice work Top 3 Alright! The reason your sander runs a high speed is because the brake is worn out I had this happen once upon a time here is the part no. Dust Seal/Brake Around $5.80
Part Number: 151553-00 Number 26 on some exploded views of this sander. It is a round thin Teflon ring fits between the pad and clamshell shroud. Here is one of many links.

Dust Seal/Brake

Part Number: 151553-00

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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