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Hope Chest for Daughter #2 #6: Cleaned up the top and sanded.... almost blew it.

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 117 days ago 814 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this is the one tool in my shop that has time and time again brought me to the brink of catastrophe….

Within the first 60 seconds of sanding with 100 grit, I had put several depressions in the top. And of course, I started on the better of the two sides. :^(

I had no problems using the belt sander on my first daughters hope chest in Red Oak, but lesson learned today…. Mahogany is not nearly as hard of a hard wood and Oak.

Here’s what we used for the save….

We went over the entire panel with the scraper, and were able to get the depressions out. Then on the other side, we abandoned the belt sander and used the large 2” timber framing chisel for paring the glue lines off and then scraped the glue lines. Here’s my girl using the scraper…. I told her not to think about it, but rather to feel it, and adjust the angle and bow until she could tell she was getting a good scrape.

Then we hit it with the random orbital sander, starting with 150 and finishing with 220. And this is what we wound up with when we were done.

Next job is bread boards.

Adios

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!



11 comments so far

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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 117 days ago

Great pictures, Matt. Father – daughter days make for sweet memories.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 117 days ago

Good times. Looking forward to when my little girl can help me more in the shop rather than getting in the way. Not that I don’t love having her around, but still.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Bigrock

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#3 posted 117 days ago

hi

Hi:
No, you are correct, you cannot use a belt sander on Mahogany. I also learned that the hard way. But, you saved the day and your daughter learn how to use a new tool. You are having fun with your daughter and she learning new things. What more could you ask for. For me, working with my children has always been a great joy. They always have fun.

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Gary

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#4 posted 117 days ago

I think child labor laws should prevent you putting that poor child to such hard labor. I’m disappointed. I thought you were a nice, upstanding guy. hmm
Gonna be a nice hope chest, tho

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

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 117 days ago

Nice save! It’s very cool that she’s helping. Mahogany looks great.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 117 days ago

I have found belt sanders to be great for rough carpentry….
Not so good for fine woodworking.

What that means is that a belt sander is perfect for all my projects!!! ;^)

Oh, BTW: Great save, the chest will be a keeper….
For generations to come!!!

Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Craftsman on the lake

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#7 posted 117 days ago

Hey Matt, Dan your almost neighbor here. It’s great working with your daughter. I’ve had the opportunity to have mine around for a couple of projects before. Mine are much older of course but it is satisfying. I’ve got to get going on a chest this summer for one of my daughters that’s getting married in September. I’ll be making this one with cherry and curly maple panels. I love working with cherry. It’s a very ‘good behaving’ wood. Mahogany is the other but man it makes a lot of dust! But it finishes up beautifully with some oils.
Can’t wait to see the finished product. Your helper certainly seems to be getting into it.

I have a great local supplier for some common woods near us. Best prices around too. pm me if you want the particulars.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 117 days ago

Every time I pick up my belt sander, I wind up regretting it! But you got it fixed and lookin great.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 117 days ago

Hi Dan, Yes, please let me know your wood source. I’ve never worked with Cherry, but I’ve hot one more daughter to build a chest for after this one, so that might be a good option.

Did ya ever take a crackpot at re-sawing that maple?

Yes Andy, I think I might be ready to hang up the belt sander for a while.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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eddie

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#10 posted 116 days ago

Matt looking good ,and i really try not to use a belt sander it always leads me to more repair , creating some great memories with this build ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Roger

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#11 posted 95 days ago

Quality time with your Daughter, and a quality build coming along nicely.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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