Though most pieces are relatively small in size, they command a great deal of work. The nails used to put most of it up have rusted and therefore require strenuous effort to get them out. Next comes the planing. My trusty little hand planer did a pretty good job. The blades leave a smooth, bare surface in their wake.
My ambitious nature eventually made me think bigger and better and it wasn't long before I was sending the flat wood pieces through the table planer. In about fifteen seconds, they were 95% ready for sanding and staining. Man, I love that machine.
I adore the quality craftsmanship that went into the beautiful woodwork. It may have been neglected for years but under all of that gunk, there are fabulous pieces of wood that have very interesting grains. Part of the charm is also the intricate detailing in the boards. Unfortunately, it's a pain to try and sand them out. Using a piece of sandpaper by hand quickly got old--my triceps could only take so much punishment. Jack suggested using the rotary tool with a little roll of sandpaper. That thing is miraculous!
|Can you imagine sanding those grooves by hand? I tried. Not fun. Trust me.|
. . . it was ready to be stained! Almost.
A little more sanding to get off the dried glue and then it was ready to be stained.