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Old 06-30-2010, 12:54 PM   #1531
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...this pic was supposed to accompany that last post...sorry about that.
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Old 06-30-2010, 02:04 PM   #1532
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Thanks cocobolo.

The ebony plane does look big, until you compare it to the grain in the wood it's sitting on.

Cool tools! I'm anxious to see what the hand rail looks like when it's done.

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Old 06-30-2010, 04:17 PM   #1533
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Yeah...you and me both Barb.

Well, the missus and I got this thing outside...that was fun I can tell you!

Have it propped up on a couple of saw horses.

Have you ever tried taking a photo of a 20+ foot long slinky? Darn near impossible!
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Here I have started on shaping the end of the rail.

Being red cedar, it cuts and shapes fairly easily.
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A little further down the rail now, and at this point I have settled on three tools to do the rough shaping.

The power plane flattens all the junk off the top...the handplane takes care of the outside curve...and the big spokeshave looks after the inside of the curve. Neither the hand or power plane can cut the inside.

The power plane is my least favourite as you cannot see what is happening to the wood as it is cut.
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At this point, I am about half way round the rail.

It appears that I will be at this for another couple of hours - assuming my back holds out. Then we will have a go at the initial sanding.
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Why not one of these with a sanding disc? Not the saw blade as shown. Variable speed grinders rock. I've done all my wood work with it. dorf dude...
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You and I would use it, but... a sanding disc on the grinder can be too aggressive for fine woodworking like Cocobolo does...
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Why not one of these with a sanding disc? Not the saw blade as shown. Variable speed grinders rock. I've done all my wood work with it. dorf dude...
Hey Shu...you're trying to keep all your wood looking old. I'm trying to do the opposite.

Besides, Pink Floyd ROCKS, and grinders GRIND!
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You and I would use it, but... a sanding disc on the grinder can be too aggressive for fine woodworking like Cocobolo does...
The biggest reason I don't use that type of sander (grinder) is because it invariably leaves swirl marks, and they are very difficult to remove.

You might think with a soft wood like cedar, that it would be easy to get the marks out. But here's the catch - the swirl marks are usually deeper on softer woods.

A random orbital essentially leaves no marks of any kind, even with grits as coarse as 80. In fact, 80 was the final grit we used to use on large cedarstrip multihulls (40' +) and they came up extremely smooth.

This is - and always has been - my weapon of choice for this little job.
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Much earlier this afternoon when I was using the power plane to get some of the rough work done, I couldn't understand why the planer didn't seem to cut properly.

I flipped it over...and here's why.

A good sized chunk missing...I think I must have done that when I was planing the wood strips (and nails) on that curved kitchen wall.
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As luck would have it, the other blade was barely touched at all. And I had just one blade on hand!

Look at the mess that came out of this side of the planer. That was a solid carbide blade.
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Wife number two absolutely loves it when I make a mess like this on the deck! Drives her right around the bend!

Hey, I told her she was marrying a carpenter...
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The rough shaping with the machinery - power plane and random orbital sander - left a decidedly unsatisfactory (read bumpy here) surface.

In order to improve things, I used several sheets of 100, 120 and 150 grit sandpaper both with and without sanding blocks. That was strictly hand work.

The rail has now reached a state of smoothness nearly good enough for finishing. I will give it another round at 180 and 220 tomorrow, providing the rain holds off.
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Never underestimate my power to underestimate how long something will take to do.

It was knocking on 9 O'clock this evening before I had the 150 sanding finished.

At this rate the cost of labour for this hand rail will be about enough to buy a new Lamborghini Gallardo!
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