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.)
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.
I hope you are all staying warm. Have a wonderful Sunday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"