My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1210: Sanding, Sanding, Sanding!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-05-2014 12:20 PM 1891 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are very few woodworkers that I know that enjoy sanding. I am sure that there are some out there, but it seems that most of them really don’t like that part of the process at all.

As usual, I don’t necessarily go along with popular opinion. While sanding may not be my favorite part of the process, I still find joy in shaping pieces and bringing them to life by sanding. I love to remove old, outer layers and see the fresh wood underneath exposed, revealing it natural beauty. Or giving wood life by creating flowing lines and edges. I suppose anything can be fun if you look at it in the right way.

It is a good thing that I think of things that way, as yesterday I spent most of the day sanding and shaping a large number of wood pieces that I need to complete my next project.

I’ve mentioned before how Keith teases me because I tend to make more work for myself than necessary when I design a project. When I made the jointed Skeleton pattern, I didn’t make just one, but I decided to make eight different color variations (four were neutral color combinations and four were neon colors.)

SLD433 Dancing Skeletons Scroll Saw Pattern

But I had envisioned them in so many fun and funky colors that I thought it would be an injustice not to show them. Besides . . . it gives people choices and helps people of all tastes see how different a single project can look if changed slightly. I think that is a good thing and encourages others to look at things with wider eyes.

So for this project that I am working on now, I decided to make several different color variations of it so that it will appeal to a wider audience. Besides – it is fun.

Unfortunately though, for blogging sake, it was a day of many hours of work in which there is little visible results. If I showed you a photograph of the box of pieces as they sit this morning, you wouldn’t see any difference from the photograph of the pieces I showed you yesterday. So you will need to wait another day I am afraid.

But hopefully there will be lots to see tomorrow, as I hope to nearly finish up these pieces today.

I did however make good progress on my ugly storage box as well. The hardest part of that project is that I need to be PATIENT while the layers of different paints were drying. I also needed to do only two sides at a time so that I could handle things easier. This is where having more than one project on the go at a time came in handy. While waiting for one to dry, I could go back and work on the other. Here is a picture of the results so far:

I know it looks a bit ‘plain’ and it is by no means finished. I have the detailing to do on it today as well as working on the other bunny project. So I will be a very busy girl!

With that said – I am going to keep this short and get back to things. I hope you enjoy seeing these projects come together.

I also wanted to let those of you who may not know that Lee Valley Tools has been having a Free Shipping Event that will end TOMORROW. I had meant to let you know sooner, but I honestly kept forgetting. I usually do my shopping when they have this offer, as it does save me a bit. There are certain items that I really like getting from them and although their prices may be a bit high, I like their quality and customer service.

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I hope you are all staying warm. Have a wonderful Sunday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 04:29 PM

Good progress on the box, Sheila. The edges look a little ‘crisp’ though. Could I suggest actually distressing the box before you paint it next time (dents, rounding edges etc). Having said that the paint effect is very convincing.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 04:37 PM

Hi, Martyn:
Yes – it looks pretty sterile here. This is only the beginning though. I have a few cards to pull out on it that I haven’t played yet. These things will tone it down a great deal and make it look a bit more distressed. I hope anyway!

I am glad you saw that in it though. Keith was trying to get me to “leave it be” where it is at this point. (Not a chance that would happen!)

The drama increases . . .


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 06:36 PM

i happen to be one of the woodworkers who do like the sanding process, right now though im having a lot of trouble with my arms and hands, and the sanding is causing to much oain, but if it were not for that, i do really enjoy it for the same reasons you do…speaking of cold, its going to get very cold here, down to the single digits and having a below temp during the day, highly unusual…but we will stay in and keep the fire going, your box is looking so good, it seems to be that boxes captivate many of us…good luck with it all…

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 11:22 PM

I like sanding a project until it is very smooth. I drive my carving mentor crazy as I start with a course grid and work my way up to doing the final sand with brown paper! He stops at at a 220 grid.
Your box looks great but I’m with you, you can’t stop there! I can visualize all kinds of ways of decorating it. Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing it finished.
A Spring day here, sunny and warm however we will be back to westcoast winter for the rest of the week – rainy and grey!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 11:08 AM

Hi, Bob! It is nice to see you here. :)

Yes, it has been a pretty cool project to make. It didn’t even start out as a project, but rather a necessity to store the new paint. As far as the other project goes – it is coming along well and I should be finishing it up today (Monday) and getting pictures in Tuesday’s blog. It is all a lot of fun to do.

I am like you Anna. I think that with some projects – sanding takes the most time and the level of sanding can make or break a good project. I just put on headphones and music and enjoy the process. :)

Thanks for the comments!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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