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Creating Stunning River Tables and Charcuterie Boards: The Art of Sanding Through the Grits

one of a kind river charcuterie board with beach sand, pebbles, shells and waves with a beautiful emerald ocean for deep water

Creating stunning river tables and deep pour river charcuterie boards is an art that involves meticulous attention to detail, and one crucial step in achieving a flawless finish is the process of sanding through the grits. At Preserving Nature Crafts, we understand the significance of this stage, starting our sanding journey at 120 grit to shape the river table as it emerges from the mold.

Sanding a river charcuterie board to shape the river board

Shaping and Smoothing at the Beginning

The initial stages of sanding, particularly with 120 grit and 240 grit, serve a dual purpose. Firstly, it's about shaping the table, rounding off sharp corners, and ensuring a smooth contour. Secondly, these grits work wonders in smoothing out any resin build-up on the sides, eliminating imperfections, and removing debris that may have found its way onto the curing resin during the curing process.

The Gradual Ascent Through Grits

As you progress through the grits – 325, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000, 3000, 5000, 7000, and 10000 – the key to success lies in maintaining a methodical approach. Wet/dry sandpaper becomes your ally in this journey. It's imperative to consistently spray water or use rubbing alcohol while sanding. This not only aids in preventing the sandpaper from clogging but also reveals areas that may need additional attention.

sanding a river table or charcuterie board at 400 grits with a water bottle to make sure the epoxy resin does not melt

Caution: Melting Resin Build-Up

An essential aspect to bear in mind during the sanding process is the possibility of resin build-up. Especially as you approach higher grits, the heat generated by sanding can melt the resin. Therefore, it's crucial not to apply excessive pressure, ensuring a gentle touch to avoid any unintended consequences.

The Road to Translucence

For those seeking a perfectly translucent finish, every grit matters. Skipping any stage may compromise the clarity of the final product. Thoroughly sand through each grit as you ascend to the upper echelons of sandpaper, reaching an impressive 10,000 grits.

the river charcuterie board once it has been sanded up to 10000 grits

Clarity Emerges with Each Grit

The magic unfolds gradually as you navigate through the grits. A keen eye will discern a diminishing cloudiness in your creation. Each pass with the sandpaper brings you closer to the crystal-clear, flawless result that defines an expertly crafted river table or charcuterie board. Remember that you still need to polish your river project.

The journey through the grits is not just a mechanical process; it's a transformative experience that elevates your creation from a raw form to a masterpiece. Embrace each grit, wield your sandpaper with care, and witness the clarity emerge as you sculpt nature into a work of art.

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