Working with recycled timber #12: sanding Activity and the results

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-14-2013 09:33 AM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I scavenged this piece of Huon Pine from a renovation some time ago, we were pulling out some old cupboards and doors.

Its the bottom panel from a door and if you check my Door what door? Blog you will see it there.

Size was 620 mm x 450 mm x 10mm

There was about eight layers of paint/varnish on each side.

With a half sheet sander and 4 x sheets of 40 grit I set to work

The A side in progress

The B Side I didn’t take a in progress shot

The A side finished

The B side finished.
Don’t mind the foot!

Once I had the layers of paint off I ran it through the drum sander with 120grit, I was not game to let the drum sander loose on it first up due to the high risk of clogging up the belts..

Its going to be the base for my Sloped Side Tray if I ever figure out how to do the joints.

The reason I used it was the fact it was a single span piece of timber and will look very nice in the tray.

Spent another day on it trying to figure out the cutting of the joints.

So a break from a very frustrating project was well received.

A word of warning,

Sanding materials from old houses with paint on them may expose you to lead based paint dust as you work, so make sure you have and wear a dust mask and if you can, hook up the vac to the sander

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 11:53 PM

Wonderful piece of reclaiming – I love the shot where you can see all the layers of paint/varnish from over the years.

Really gives you a sense of history about the stock.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 12:07 AM

I never gave the history any thought until now.
Its a pity we don’t have the “equipment” available to trace the supplier of the materials and then check it on a data base, not unlike DNA tracing.

I know I for one would be interested to hear from somebody that has identified a piece of my work, (If I was still alive that is)

Looking at the photo you can see that some one has spent many hours painting and repainting the wood
May be a newly married couple did it together after saving up for their new home! Who knows!

I am sure if anybody contacted me about some timber my Dad or Grandfather originally owned I would be chuffed!

-- Regards Rob

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