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Fill fill sand sand blog blog

The DPO built (or someone built it for 'em...) an shelf/windowsill arrangement going around 3 of the 4 walls in the room. Nicely done actually. There is a vertical 'wall'/trim that runs under it. Hard to 'splain but you'll see it soon enough in better pictures than this one and go "ah." Or "hmmm."

Or something like that.

Anyway, the top of the shelf is made of 2 pine boards that are joined lengthwise. It has bugged me to no end that the seam between the boards is visible. I think it should not be seen.

So, vhut ve gonna do now?

We are going to fill the seam with wood filler and sand it flush and hopefully make the seam invisible.

At the Big Box store, aka The Home Despot, I found this Minwax heavy-duty-Judy type of wood filler. Not just your garden variety wood filler, but heavy stuff. Cost heavy too - like $13 a can and I used The Whole Thing. The aftermath of filling is seen above (dig the arty faux-tow, eh? I'm just an Artiste with dat camera, I tell you whut). The filler is the brown stuff. You can imagine where the seam was.

And as usual, Yr Fthfl Blggr started out naively thinking he could hand sand this thing. Uh-uh, no way. Sooooooo out somes the mentioned-in-a-previous blog post trust Ryobi orbital sander. Away we go. Makin' more dust. And more and more.

I tell you what. That Ryobi sander is the best daggone $40 - FORTY DOLLAHS!! - I ever did spend. Well, there was that bottle of Veuve Cliquot back when a bottle of Veuve Cliquot was $40 (try finding one now). But the champagne can't be used to make endless sawdust, can it? No! And that, my comrades, is exactly why you should not mix champagne and sanding.

So we have no champagne but we have a sander. Well, we DID have champagne, but it's all gone and...ok, I'll stop now.

After about 30 minutes of sanding sanding sanding, we wind up with a nice smooth surface to paint. And no more seam! Whoo hoo!


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