The Skip Loader:
The hands down favorite of my wife and two kids. So popular it has been broken once already. It is the smallest of the construction series. The hardest part was drilling the holes through the chassis and the counter weight.
The Dump Truck:
These sets used a lot of 1/4" material so I was grateful to have a band saw and planer. It saved a lot on wood. The scraper had a fair amount of angles in it which took a little more set up time than I was used to. All of these are made out of walnut and maple and stained in shellac.
I also finished several tugboats (I was out) and a tone drum. There were a lot of things that I had been working one and it feels good to have some of them finished.
On with the discovery of the sandpaper. Uneeda gave me a couple of their sampler pads. I am pretty sure that they were 220 grit but they were not identified. The abrasive was white because when the abrasive wears it does not leave a colored dust on the project. There were several things that I noticed that were different with this abrasive pad.
- It was a softer pad than the store bought ones. This made it easier to form around curves and get a consistent sanding in small places.
- It dusted the sealer and top coat instead of making worms (I don't know what else to call them). I always thought the finish was suppose to clog the sand paper and form these threads of finish. This pad actually created a fine dust. It also did not clog.
- The pad lasted longer. The pad lasted though two coats of top coat for all the construction equipment, eight tug boats and a tone drum. The pad still feels like it did before I used it.
- I have never put on a smoother finish on pine before.