Good morning folks!
It is well known throughout the woodworking world that sanding is the absolute worst process and many woodworkers get a project to this point then leave it set for months on end. I am no different; I cannot stand sanding due to the amount of monotonous work required. The standard procedure would be starting with 80 grit to take down high spots, 120 grit to begin taking away and milling marks, 220 to smooth the surface and finally 280 to nearly burnish the surface before applying finish. A timing schedule I usually use has you sanding a 6in radius area for at least 2 minutes in each grit but also making sure that you don’t over do or under do a piece according to how to wood cooperates. On this piece that would be about 12 minutes per grit per face. That is a total of 96 minutes of just sanding… I don’t have the time or patience for that. So instead I decided to tune up my Lie Nielson card scraper and went to town on the panel. The time went from 96 minutes to less than 25 including tune up.
The old chestnut and red oak already had a beautiful color to it but I wanted to darken it up a bit and deepen the color. My finding of choice came down to two coats of wipe on Danish Oil and a single coat of shellac. A few swipes with 280 grit took down and dust nips and sheen.
Lazy Susan hardware can be found at just
about any home center or even online at various locations. I was in a pinch to find hardware quickly and economically so the home center was my best option. I used a 6in bearing with a 400lb limit; more than enough for the average table top susan. The trickest part was installation since the instructions are meant for corner cabinet style susan’s meaning they would just faster through the top and countersink the holes so the user wouldn’t see them. I didn’t want to drill straight through the top; it was the show piece that I spend several hours slaving over. The problem stems from the hardware being sandwiched between two solid surfaces. Luckily the bottom piece will never be seen; if there is a giant hole, who will ever know? So I cut a 1in hole using a forstner bit and used it as a window to find the opposite pieces screw holes. Each hole was pre-drilled and fastners were placed with a hand screw driver to ensure the screw didn’t strip and the wood didn’t split.
The Final Countdown:
There are times in our lives when thank you just isn’t enough. Cheers to Mr. S.
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