- Dec 15, 2007
Nice finish. That flap wheel work was all done by hand?So I went to the local KMS Tools yesterday and picked up a 120 grit flap wheel to put in my drill press, then sanded the edges I felt needed definition on the Mandalorian model I carved a couple weeks ago.View attachment 30842
It came out better than I expected. Since I was doing that, I decided to try staining it as well to see if it would help some of the definition. I didn't want to go with a dark stain as I thought it would hide some of the fine detail, so I used some of this "Birch" colored Minwax I've had in the cupboard for years. It's got more red in it than I remembered. It was a very light coat, and wiped almost immediately after.
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At this point my son came in the garage, said "Cool, can I have it?" so I put a hanger on the back, sprayed a coat of shellac on it to seal it and let him have it after it dried. I can see that the stain soaks in more on any vertical edge (makes sense, it's endgrain) so it adds some definition to Grogu and the gun stock that wasn't really visible before.
I've ordered a 0.5mm ballnose bit (this was done with a 1.5mm) and will be looking for another model to carve when I find a piece of oak to try it on. I think harder woods will have better results.