Sitting down for coffee made us think about sandpaper.
One afternoon recently we dropped into one of the local coffee shops and sat at this interesting outdoor table. All the undulations and nail holes made it obvious that it had been made from recycled timber. It had been sanded with a medium to fine grade sandpaper, by hand, or with a random orbital disc sander probably using aluminium oxide hook and loop sanding discs
. This was apparent because the timber boards were not flat as they would have been if they had been put through a thickness planer, and then a drum sander
. The timber had been varnished, then all the components had been screwed together, the visible screw heads just adding to the outdoor rustic appeal. Our beautiful Queensland sun and summer storms will now add to the table’s characteristics.