First Sanding Operation
I start with 100-120 Grit Sand Paper and use the sander you see the image above.. I then only go to 150 Grit and stop there, if you go higher the figure of the rosewood get very dark and hard to see.. Try to use new or sharp paper as the dull paper makes wood look dark and figure hard to see..
For sanding the tote I use a palm sander ..
I can get about 95% of the sanding done with it.. Its at the bottom bend where it best to tight and has to be hand sanded..
Power Knob Sanding
I use the drill much like a lathe to sand the knobs.. I use a tote stud I cut down and position in or or out of the chuck to match the knob hieght using a standard knob nut to lock it to the chuck.. On Low Knobs I use a few washers at the base other wise I would need to two studs one short one long..
Satining Beech Handles
I out staining the beech handles with dark cherry stain, but never came out well.. I came up with my own mix with a lot of rosewood colors dye and the thick pigment stain.. This seems to color the tight grained beech much better than what I was using a tear or so ago.. You may have to experiment your self to find what works well for you..
Handle are finished with blonde de-waxed shellac.. They are allowed to dry for 24 hours if stained before shellacking.. They are let to dry and sanded and finished three or four times.
And you can add an extra finished with lacquer or wax.. I like to lightly steel wool the shellac and add a good wax on top like Brie Wax as it adds a great feel to the hand..