When visiting websites can be dangerous

To the credit card.

I was researching another article on the Professional Woodworkers Supplies website, and came across a product that took a few seconds to catch my eye.  After all, what is so inspiring or remarkable about full sheets of wet & dry sandpaper?

That is until I read just a little closer.  The papers are colour coded, and it was the description of the white paper that made me sit up and look.  The micron size of the white paper is 1µm.  Hang on…..what??!  1µm?!  But that is finer than an 8000 grade japanese waterstone!  My table of micron grit sizes to paper/diamond grades from 2008 doesn’t go finer than 8µm, and that can achieve a mirror finish on a turning tool or chisel.


This pack of 6 colour-coded sheets (approx $20) includes 30µm, 15µm, 9µm, 3µm, 2µm and of course 1µm abrasive sizes.   These equate roughly to P500, P1200, P2200, P4000, P6000 and P8000 ISO sandpapers.

Now that is smooth.

The Great Flood

The sudden rains today caught Melbourne a good one, so heavy that some streets filled with water to the extent people could (and were) actually have a swim (though why you’d want to….!)

Photo by Ellen Smith from Herald Sun website

It poured down our way as well, and I found at one point that the rubber flooring wasn’t actually sitting on the floor, but had started to float.  The amount of water getting in wasn’t particularly dramatic – the downpour exceeded the guttering’s capabilities on one corner, and it started to bubble in under the wall.  I would have ignored it, (primarily because there usually was nothing I could do about it, and also because anything in that part of the shed is either elevated on wheels, or on the rubber mat), but then a thought crossed my mind…..  That new ShopVac vacuum I got from Costco is a wet and dry.  Didn’t buy it with any intention of using its wet capability, but seeing as it could I gave it a try.

Well this sucks

It didn’t just pick up water, it sucked the floor to the point that it was damp, with no surface water apparent.

And Sucks

About 60 litres of water later (emptying the bin numerous times), and the rain subsided to a point the gutters could cope.  The shed was saved any potential problems resulting from the influx.  This shed is significantly better than the previous version for coping with downpours – only its location causes even this small amount of drama, and the ShopVac performed admirably.

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