This is a continuation from my previous question on the log box I've been carving. Since then I've carved the handle (thanks for the advice!) and added a magnet closure system for my swivel lid (neodymium rings fastened in place with aluminum nails).

See the pictures below for a look.

I feel like I've got the exterior where I want it to be, but I'm having trouble finishing the cavity to a level where it's visually "clean." I've been working it mainly with hand tools and my Dremel. The interior cavity is roughly 4.25" deep and a about 3.25" across, which means the narrowness limits the work space.

Will I have to spend an eternity sanding, or is there another way to work out the tool marks?

Side profile with view of handle carved out Top down picture of the closure system and rough interior

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This is probably going to be tough any way you cut it. I would suggest a combination of curved card scraper and something like these abrasive brushes, possibly mounted on a long or flex shaft to get into the cavity.
Abrasive brushes from Amazon

  • Any way you cut it *groan* :-)
    – Graphus
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:38
  • The cavity doesn't really have a consistent curve... does it matter what the specific curve of the card scraper is? Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 23:57
  • @IsaacKotlicky to an extent, yes. Keep in mind both french curve shaped scrapers, and the fact that you can file a scraper to any shape you please.
    – aaron
    Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 14:14
  • @aaron Thanks for the advice. I'm considering grabbing these: stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Scrapers/… stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Scrapers/… From what I've read they're pretty decent. These will be my first scrapers... Any advice on technique for working in such a narrow space? Commented Feb 23, 2017 at 14:34
  • interesting. those thick ones are new to me. I'd recommend getting some regular ones (for example, stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Scrapers/…) because they are general purpose and these are the type that can be filed to whatever shape very easily.
    – aaron
    Commented Feb 24, 2017 at 15:00

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