Here are the accoutrements of this time-consuming and Zen-like stage.
This is a 12x12â€ polished granite piece that I use for sanding on.
I say â€œZenâ€ as is the process is not a â€œrun â€“n-gunâ€ experience. It is slow, methodical, and trance-like. My consciousness wanders the mindscape as I slowly draw the acrylic across the sandpaper, clean with a soft cloth, and run my finger along the edge to feel for imperfections (repeat dozens of times). Unlike using power tools this is a task where one can leave the body alone to do its thing while the mind goes off to find more interesting and engaging thingsâ€¦. But focus on what the finger feels is paramountâ€¦ gotta pay attention at that moment.
The final sanding is done with 320 or 400 grit wet/dry paper.
This next series shows from left to right, a cut that I did, a factory edge, and an edge that has been sanded to a satin finish. Note the imperfections along the edge. Most of these can be removed, but some deeper chips can not. Doing so would take the dimensions too far out of tolerance to fit or appear clean. I try to use as many factory edges as possibleâ€¦.okayâ€¦okay Iâ€™m lazy. Generally 2 of the sides will be as such and save me some time in the sanding stage.
Here is my torch:
This series shows that transformation of the edge as I make runs along the edge of the acrylic with the torch. Because the Little Cricket is â€¦. wellâ€¦little, itâ€™s heat point is not all that hot. Multiple runs are necessary, and they need to happen in quick successionâ€¦. no more daydreaming at this point.
First torch run:
second torch run:
I panned out for this one so that the entire edge could be seen.
Compare the raw edge to the finished edge:
Checking for clarity
I can clearly see the refracted screw hole along the leading edge.
And that pesky switchâ€¦ the darn thing has one moving part, and that is my finger! Why wonâ€™t it work? Time to dissectâ€¦ low and behold â€“ corrosion. A quick run with an emery board along the washer that contacts the points solved that one.
Okay back to work.