Obviously. The sand is abrasive as hell and is going to dull cutters rapidly.
You also don't know until you start cutting whether or not you're working in
soft or hard wood. You also don't know, and may never know, what kind of wood
Any finish may work well on some, not well on others. You have no idea what
wood you're using, so it may or may not be a wood that's easy to finish. You
may also end up with a lot of salt inclusion, which could affect finishes
Best bet: experiment a bit. Do your finishing on cut-off bits and pieces before
doing the main event.
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the
people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent
and sudden usurpations."
Barry, did you by anychance catch Underhill's show a couple of weeks
ago? Featured a guy who does "rustic" furniture who put together an
Adirondack chair out of _really_ worn driftwood. It was so beat-up
looking that it was gorgeous. Really. No "finish," just the raw
wood. If you go that route, you get "artsy-fartsy" that the LOYL will
like, and you don't destroy good tools doing it. A handsaw and a some
exterior screws ought to be all you need! ;>
Best o' luck, and post pics!
Better use: arts-and-crafts project,
1) driftwood "branches"
2) large tin cans (2-3 lb coffee can, resturant-size ketchup, etc.)
3) scrap 'brass' recovered from rifle range
4) string, twine, fishline, etc.
Place #1 upright in #2.
Fill #2 with #5, to hold #1 upright.
Suspend #3 from #1, using $4.
Voila! Midwinter 'seasonal' decoration.
"A cartridge in a bare tree"
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