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Shiny things. #1: Discovering Spraying..

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Blog entry by degoose posted 09-30-2010 11:50 AM 1437 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For years I held out.. I love a hand rubbed oil finish… but when I was at the Maryborough Woodshow a while back … a woman wanted to know why my Lazy Larrys were not smooth and shiny like that other bloke’s stuff at the next stand..
So I went through the whole rigamarole of how I hand rub the oil finish and how it brings out the grains etc etc… well “If I am going to pay that sort of money, I want it smooth and really shiny!”

I then realised that it is not really about what I like at this stage but what others would like..so I brought out the Earlex HVLP 5000 spray unit.. ostensibly it was purchased for a production run of cabinet doors for the Catamaran Galley refit…

While testing it out… getting acquainted with how to use it… never used a spray gun before.. I thought I would just spray one of my LLs… 15 seconds later.. OMG… what a difference.. the grain popped, the colours jumped and it was smooth shiny and oh so nice..

I then spent the rest of the morning spraying everything that I have in inventory…

I will still keep with the oil finish when required but as far as time saved… I am now a huge fan of spraying…
I never realised that spraying could be so simple.. but with the Earlex…You can see the reflections…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 12:18 PM

Spray that again?

They do look shiney, Larry. I Wish I had room for spraying. Can’t even do it outdoors with the crap English weather.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 12:24 PM

I bought one for exactly the same reason but have never really put it to use largely because I don’t turn out anywhere near the volume that you do. And, as such, am simply more comfortable staying the course with wiping varnishes. But I am certainly going to make a concerted effort to move into spraying.

Out of curosiity what were you spraying?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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littlecope

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 12:28 PM

Congratulations for joining the 21st Century, Larry!! Fast and easy, eh?
The results look spectacular, my Friend…
As though you weren’t churning out work fast enough already, this will save you even more time… so you can produce even more work!! Good Show!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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ellen35

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 12:31 PM

I guess they do sparkle!!!
I think it is in the craftsmanship and not the spray gun, however!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Kjuly

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 01:29 PM

I’m with Ellen, the spray just added to already beautiful work.
Keith

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI www.julyswoodworks.com

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Karson

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 01:31 PM

Larry A great looking display. Nice job on the boards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 01:34 PM

Larry, we use to do a lot of finishing; the only thing that we finish now is step treads and we purchased a similar unit and it works pretty good. Those finished items look nice and you do great work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 02:00 PM

Shiny is all well and good, but the thicker finish will have a tendency to chip and peel. But I’d think that the person buying something that nice (and shiny to boot) is probably going to hang it on a wall or use it to serve, not chop, say, carrots.

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Cozmo35

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 03:01 PM

As always, awesome work Larry!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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patron

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 03:08 PM

women are hard to please on a good day

once you get past the dust and bugs
in the finish

you can deal with the women

on a buying spree

very demanding creatures !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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SPalm

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 03:27 PM

Nice.
I bought the same sprayer this summer but have not turned it on. Shame on me.
I could use a few pointers. What did you spray them with?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 04:28 PM

I normally put a hand rubbed lacquer or hand rubbed varnish finish on most projects except for larger pieces that I end up spraying. I recently had just the opposite happen with a mirror frame built for a client. She did not like the smooth and shing finish on the others and wanted a natural finish that that protected the wood.
She saw a boiled linseed oil finish I had on one of my boxes and said that is what she wanted in a finish I applied several coats of boiled linseed oil to the mirror I built for her and she loved the finish.
It just shows that you cannot make something that appeals to everyone since there are as many likes and dislikes as there are people

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 09-30-2010 06:23 PM

See Larry,

Even us old dogs can earn new tricks.

The problem is remembering them!

Nice.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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whitedog

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 06:36 PM

It all looks good to me.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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lanwater

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#15 posted 09-30-2010 06:54 PM

Well my wife does not like shiny furniture. But those board look good.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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