Craft: Belt-Sanding

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Graça and Graça work together on the belt sander at the De La Espada factory. After receiving glued planar elements and select components, they run these through the belt sander to remove excess dried glue and create a perfectly level surface with precise measurements. Each component is passed through the belt sander a number of times, and before each pass, the team measures the piece then calibrates the machine to achieve the dimension required. Though largely used for planar elements, other components such as some legs, are also adjusted in this machine. The final dimensions of each component must be exact, and it is the expertise of Graça and Graça that ensures this precision is achieved. The pair enjoy working together, laughing and joking throughout the day. As they describe it, “Any problems stay outside the door.”

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira