Life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire

Our story so far: When we started sanding the wood floors in the old Methodist church, it was still wintertime.

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Sanding is a little like driving across North Dakota. At first, you’re impressed with the everlasting undulating landscape, but it’s not long before you realize the points of interest are too few and far between.

I didn’t realize it then, but the sanding of the floors had only just begun. There was this first step with a drum sander and 24-grit paper on a diagonal to remove the mastic and level the wood. Then two passes with a drum sander, one with 24-grit sandpaper and one with 36-grit paper with the grain.

first sanding
Here’s a shot of the sanctuary floor from the choir loft (before the balcony was built) right after Tyler’s first pass at sanding. The yellow parts are raw Douglas fir which showed great potential; the gray parts are covered with stubborn mastic.

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Today’s headline is a quote from William Rounseville Alger, a Unitarian minister, author and poet.

Tomorrow: Steps 3 through 99 with a pit stop at 24. Read about it here.

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