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mattkhan

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Actually it has come out OK, not perfect but I think it should be OK after sanding

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mattkhan

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got the 2nd cab gluing up and have had issues with the irregular angles, I need to find a better way to deal with this to avoid tearing my hair out!
 

sergiup

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Oh I dunno, maybe get someone else to just build them? :D
Joking (ish), good job!
 

mattkhan

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got the 2nd cab all glued up and lined the interior. I had a bash at sanding one of the edges down (where the joint didn't quite fit perfectly) and I think it's fair to say I need a bigger sander else I'll be here til the end of time!

google says I need a random orbital sander, any recs for something a) decent, and b) not mega expensive?
 

sergiup

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You can get very, very cheap ones which kinda do an okay job - much quicker than sanding anyway! Do you have a wet stone or something to sharpen the hypothetical blade when it dulls?

To be honest, there are a few cheap electric planers as well, would save you a lot of effort...
 

mattkhan

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I don't have that much material to remove, it's about 1mm or so on most sides. I only have a tiny sander though so it takes a while (and also I'm lazy so want it done yesterday)
 

sims

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A few of your pictures aren't showing up in the AVForums app for some reason, I need to go to a web browser to view them.

Great job on the cab though, that black MDF looks the business [emoji106]
 

markymiles

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Screw fix is your friend! As if you need an excuse to get more power tools.
 

markymiles

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I think it is in our job description to get lots of tools, whether you use them or not ;)
 

Jameskatie

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I wouldn't bother with the sander, a hand plane or a guided trim bit for the router would be best, the trouble with sanding that much off is it doesn't stay flat
 

mattkhan

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Perhaps I should post some pics but the bits jutting out are invariably on the angle sides so I don't see how a trim bit could reach. It is also not just a bit of overhang in some cases but the panel needs to be smoothed down.
 

mattkhan

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I put the 4th and 5th coats on today. I'll see how they look when dry but I suspect further coats will be pointless.
 

mattkhan

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not a great pic but this is basically finished now. The finish is a bit uneven in places (which shows up in this sort of lighting) so I need to work out how to smooth that out for the next ones but it's good enough. The oil does give a really nice richness to the finish.

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mattkhan

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Initial giddiness has worn off so decided I want to achieve a smoother finish. I'm going to practice using the back of one of these boxes. I'm thinking sanding through 600-1200 grit then applying another coat of oil, drying and then repeat with wet sanding. I may end with another round of dry sanding to flatten the finish if necessary.

Main concern is that it will end up too shiny but we'll see.
 

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