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Step 4: Sanding down

After the carving was more or less finished, i sanded the detail down using 180-grit sandpaper then gave it a good going over with some 240-grit.This leaves it feeling smooth without feeling too polished.

I like to rub my hands over the wood to find any non visible rough/pointy bits so that I can smooth them out. Also because I am a pervert.

While the detail was sanded the rest of the wood was left rough, with just a check over for splinters, to preserve a rough, desert island feel for the idol.
<p>wow I really want to try this</p><p>I did some easy woodcarving before, this seems a nice step up from there.</p><p>I will let you know when its finished.</p>
<p>Cheers Mate!<br>I'm going to be making a Tiki Idol as the front design on a computer case I'm building, and just wanted to thank you for the tips and inspiration.</p><p>DtB</p>
A little inspiration goes a long way<br>thanks.
Very nice! Tikis are so pricey in eBay.
<p>hi im using this as a prop for my school talent show prefomance as a hula girl so thx<br></p><p> -- ilikebigcraftsandicannotliegurlkid</p>
<p>hi im using this as a prop for my school talent show prefomance as a hula girl so thx<br></p><p> -- ilikebigcraftsandicannotliegurlkid</p>
very nice work
Hi!<br> <br> I really like your carving! I made some miniature tikis using smaller knives, but I'm planning to make a bigger one... The wood thingie you used to hold your workpiece to the edge of the table is a really good idea. I think it really helps not to cut your fingers.<br> <br> Thanks again for your great Instructable!<br> <br> Greetings from&nbsp;Germany,<br> majjuss
Thanks majjuss. <br> <br>the wood thingy is called a bench hook. They're really useful for holding things in place (not just wood) when you're carving or sawing. they really help you get better results, cut a lot straighter and they're much safer. <br> <br>Here's how to make one: http://www.woodworkforwomen.com/make-a-bench-hook (the first decent tutorial i could find, there isn't an instructable for one, i guess i should write one!)
Finally, a real chisel carving tutorial. <br>You have no idea how glad I am to see this. <br>My dad found a set of chisels a few weeks ago (so I will start on the week-end)
This would be cool to remake into Styrofoam for Halloween and for those who don't have access to wood.

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