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Old 05-17-2014, 10:26 AM
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Default Sanding it Flat!

Precision tools can make a real difference in how your work looks, and even more importantly to me, how long it takes me to complete the job! Time is money - I need to concentrate on artistic detail and let precision tools carry on the hard labor!

The Lindsay Engraver's Sanding Block is the very kind of tool that can make the hard work easier and add a measure of precision control at the same time. I got mine several months ago and it has made a significant difference in how I approach sanding to a final finish. This little block is just the right size for precision sanding - it prevents hollowing delicate gold inlay and/or rounding the sharp edges of engraved scroll work.

Sanding Strips are cut to fit the Block and it's easy to change to finer papers as you proceed to a final finish. The papers are held tight as you work the surface. On a piece like this Colt SAA Hammer, it is critical to keep the surfaces flat. The hammer steel is hard, and the 24K inlay is dead soft. I would never use anything other than the Lindsay Sanding Block to finish it flat and clean!


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Old 05-17-2014, 12:25 PM
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Default Re: Sanding it Flat!

Mike,
Great post. I like your jig for holding the hammer. Did you make that?
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:11 PM
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Default Re: Sanding it Flat!

Yes, I make most of my jigs. The SAA hammers, like all other similar hammers, are very difficult to hold secure because of the extreme curves and extensions. I don't like glues or other adhesives because they don't hold the metal securely without vibration...and because I don't enjoy the messy melting and removal process.

This jig holds the hammer without damaging it, and so tightly that there are absolutely no vibrations.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Sanding it Flat!

Mike, I also like the little sanding block. What scared the bejeebers out of me was the price. So, I got a similar sized piece of 7075 aluminum and simply used 3-M two way tape and some wet & dry emery and it worked just fine.

Sorry Steve but the price ($150) is simply way out of reach for me for this type of tool.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:52 PM
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Kind of like hand engraving, if you want the good stuff you've got to pay the price.

Right now I can't afford the price so I have to wait.
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:59 PM
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Yep another great tool, works perfect. And yes I am a tool wh&@/-
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