URGENT Wire wheel on TS??? Safe??? Issues??

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Patriarch -
Heaven, no! The saw has done NOTHING to piss me off... Heck, it's got a welter of new blades, excalibur guard, splitter, board buddies, dust collection... it's had a better year than I have, almost... The way I look at it, if I use the wire wheel on the saw, I am getting to spend MORE time with it.
A am doing about a dozen boxes, and am trying to work efficiently and safely. As for the face shield, Lordy.... I *almost* look like the guy on the back of sheet sandpaper - face shield, my regular glasses, a respirator, hearing protection * and the excalibur guard. I have so much eye protection I have to *feel* around to see where the blade is! D'oH!
I tried the drill before the lathe. I was hoping to get these done before Groundhog Day, hence the Lathe idea... then last night I had the idea about using the saw...
Cheers,
John ...
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Yeahbut, if you'd have just stuck with the drill you'd have been done by now.
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What? No cup/codpiece? Don't you know what is really important?
Frank
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John:
I'm not sure I'd want to put my table saw through such a thing, but that's only me.
As an alternative, have you considered sandblasting? Even if you don't have a rig, they can often be had inexpensively, or rented. Sandblasting is the method used to make those nifty redwood "weathered" texture signs. Ofcourse they now use a man-made board instead of the redwood, but they still sandblast them.
Good luck.
Jim Ray, President McFeely's Square Drive Screws www.mcfeelys.com

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Fri, Dec 10, 2004, 4:40pm (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.splinter.net (JohnMoorhead) claims: Folks - Santa's elf needs to distress some redwood <snip>
Sounds like Santa's Elf still has that problem with the eggnog.
You want to distress it, let a pack of kids play with it for a day.
Personally, I don't see "distressing" something new. I would imagine the wood was pretty well distressed already, just by being cut down. The Woodworking Gods agree.
If you want something to look "old", I'd say use old, used, reclaimed, wood. Or, alternately, lay some new boards out in the open, until they get weathered enough for you. But, IF I was going to do such a horrible thing to an innocent piece of wood, I'd probably opt to use a variable speed drill, maybe with a wire brush. If you want to use paint, you can try wiping the wet paint with crumpled paper. Or, hitting it some with sandpaper, when it's dry. A short google will turn up all sorts of ways to do it.
My mind just can't quite grasp the reasoning behind "distressing" projects. Yeah, I could do it, and probably well; actually, I've read quite a bit about the different techniques used; but, I want whatever I make to look nice; after all, it isn't an antique, so I don't want to even try to make it look old. Over time it'll get beaten up a bit, sure, but it'll have earned it's old look by then.
JOAT Remember: Nova is Avon, spelled backwards.
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JOAT -
I am using reclaimed wood, it just isn't "old" yet... as for the pros and cons of distressing the wood, as with any finish, is subjective. I did one small mock-up of the box with smooth sides, and another with the textured sides with the wire wheel. I liked it, and that's good enough for me. Redwood is *so* soft anyway, that a fingerprint nearly dents it, so I am beating it to the punch.
As for the earlier post about sandblasting, my compressor isn't big enough to run one and rental is nearly $150 a day....
John Moorhead
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Sat, Dec 11, 2004, 1:48am (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@sbcglobal.splinter.net (JohnMoorhead) says: <snip> As for the earlier post about sandblasting, my compressor isn'tbig enough to run one and rental is nearly $150 a day....
Oh, I don't know. You just want to "beat up" the wood a bit, and, as you say, redwood is pretty soft, so it shouldn't take a lot of pressure.
I'm thinking you could make something pretty easy. All you want to do is pick up some sand and blow it on to the wood. A couple of bent piects of tubing should do that. Just stick the pickup end into a can of sand, and reuse the sand. Or, you could get one of those el cheapo little sand blaster nozzles for just a few bux.
Hmmm. Or set a vacuum to blow instead of suck. Stick a piece of tubing over the end of the hose, with a hoe in it, then pour sand in the hole.
Or, just find a sandbox, with a bunch of kids in it, and let them play with the wood for a day.
JOAT Remember: Nova is Avon, spelled backwards.
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That should have been "hole", not "hoe". Keys stick at times. Or, you could dig a hole with the hoe, burry the wood, then redig the hole with the hoe, to recover the wood.
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You won't be blasting for long. Heck if you bought a good pancake compressor it would work for a small project. Blast a little and wait. No friends with bigger compressors?

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