Sand Shading Veneer Hot Plate What Are You Using?

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Forum topic by rustynails posted 03-05-2012 12:51 PM 1298 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2012 12:51 PM

For those of you that do sand shading on your veneer projects what kind / brand / size/ wattage of hot plates are you using? I currently have a hot plate that has one of those smooth tops but it takes forever for it to heat up and when it is on it cycles on and off and doesn’t keep the sand hot enough and is a real pain to get good results. I am currently using a cast iron skillet and using about a ½’’ to ¾’’ of sand in the bottom. I did try it on my gas stove and it worked great, but the stove is in the house and I am out in the shop. Basically I am not looking for a gas unit. An electric one would be most user friendly out in the shop. Any suggestions would be help full.

Thanks Richard

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:38 PM

A gas grill outside works as well.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 11:49 PM

Also has anyone tried an electric skillet/fry pan?
Ralph Bagnall wrote in his book “Sand Shading Mastering the Hot Sand Method for Shading Inlays” that he uses one? Not sure how even of temperature the sand would be due to the design of the heat element on the bottom. I would think you would have hot spots and cooler areas.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 12:30 AM

propane camp stove?

-- Dan V. in Indy

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