My bench and not so special tools

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TLOC

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I have been working at the bench making wire armatures trees. Here is my overloaded messy work bench, located under a portion of the layout and also used as my programming track.

The not special tool is the old wife approved frying pan. I kept making foil trays when I sprinkled leaves on the wire branches. When it comes time to pour back the overage, it was a pain. Now I sprinkle over the pan and whatever it is coated with works great for pouring back in the bag. TomO
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TLOC

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Good to see these Alan. I have been tempted to pull the trigger on these. My main building is with styrene very little wood. Thanks for sharing.

TomO
 

Sirfoldalot

Curse You, Red Baron!
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Alan, Those look neat! I have been making sanding sticks all my life using various grits of paper.
 

Espeefan

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Alan, Those look neat! I have been making sanding sticks all my life using various grits of paper.
I usually buy the cheap foam core emery boards at Sally's Beauty Supply or Wal Mart but these are especially useful for weathering and distressing scale lumber. there is quite a process to go through in some of the craftsman kits. Graining with a fine razor saw blade to enhance grain, removing fuzzies with fine steel wool, adding knots and also distressing and damaging individual boards. I need the stiffness and the fine edges these provide for that. This is not my work but illustrates what these techniques can yield when properly done:
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