It’s been a number weeks since Part 3 of this series, but I’m back with the new installment!
I had left off with the gluing up of the top of the second table.
Each table was ready to sand: The first table with the DeWalt 1/4-sheet palm sander and the second table with the DeWalt random orbital sander.
The potted plant rings were not limited to the lower part of the table and would be a chore to remove. I started with 3M 60-grit sandpaper and turned the the speed wheel to 7 (max).
In just two minutes of steady sanding, I had made progress and suffered the setback of seeing a ring I hadn’t known was there. So I would have to remove not two but three rings.
Three in, and things were already shaping up. Could this be easier than I’d expected?
At the five-minute mark, I started to notice some stripes in the lower-right quadrant. I didn’t know if those were spills or what, but it didn’t make me comfortable.
At 15 minutes the large ring was not giving up, and the ring in the upper-right corner remained stubborn. But those lines looked to be part of the wood! If the teak oil were to make it glow, that could be amazing.
Grit changes from 60 to 100 to 150 to 220 got me here. I could see the rings faintly, but I had stopped making progress. I felt there was little more I could do if it had gotten that deep.
I also didn’t want to run the risk of uneven sanding.
Total time from the first picture to the last for table 1: 71 minutes.
On to table 2 with the random orbital sander.
A reminder: This was done about six weeks after table 1 and with a slightly different setup.
I started with the 3M Pro Grade purple 80+ grit Cubitron II disc. What a name, right?
Two minutes in and wow. Really, wow.
The seam from the gluing would go away as I continued to sand, but that was a lot of material gone in such a short time.
I decided to see if I could use my tiny plane to make my work easier. Tiny but mighty. Also at the time, my only plane. It didn’t do much, and I figured I’d only gouge stuff out. I went back to sanding.
At the 15-minute mark, things were looking up. Now, not all of those 15 minutes were spent on sanding. I had taken the plane out, goofed around with it. Put it back. But timestamp-wise, this is 15 minutes in.
I was having trouble determining if the wood was just darker or if there was stain that wouldn’t go away. The seam was softening, and the 80+ grit sandpaper was holding up well.
Then I made my first big goof: I forgot that the sander is dangerous.
I picked up the board to sand along a side rather than using my vise to hold it in place. That was dumb. And the sandpaper sliced into my left index finger.
I don’t have pictures of that because I was too busy running to the sink to wash it out and apply pressure and then alcohol and then krazy glue. It got me pretty good and shook me up, but it could have been a lot worse.
I realized that using leather work gloves was not a bad idea after all. I put those on and changed my approach. Why risk holding things in the air?
I swapped in 100-grit regular 3M Pro Grade and followed that up with 120+, 150+, and 180+ of the Pro Grade Cubitron.
Total time from the first picture to the last for table 2: 78 minutes.
It seemed to be going well, but then I noticed something, and the table 2 process had gone off the rails.
More next week!