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The interior cloud lifts on the rear legs are shaped using both power tools and hand tools. However, after performing this operation, I realized that the use of a rotary tool may have made my work a lot easier. I’ll discuss that later. First, let me explain how I manufactured this detail.
Using the rasps left surface of the interior cloud lift somewhat rough. Therefore, a significant amount of hand sanding had to be done to remove the marks left by the rasp. Shortly after completed all of the cloud lifts on the 16 rear chair legs, I received the Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless Rotary Tool. This would have been the perfect tool to smooth out the transition from cloud lift to the straight portion of the rear leg.
The Ryobi cordless rotary tool uses a Ryobi One+ 18-volt battery to power the 36 in. flexible shaft tool. The rotary tool has a 1/8” collet and comes with 33 different sanding, grinding, cutting, and polishing accessories. The 3/8” sanding wheel would have been perfect to sanding away the rough marks left by the rasps. In fact, I practiced on my old prototype leg just to see what kind of a finish I would have gotten if I had gotten the tool early enough to use.