Tips #1: Quick in-store wood grain test.

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Blog entry by Philip "Pip" Storm posted 05-02-2012 10:52 AM 1660 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have to give credit to my wife for this tip. We were at a local big box store looking at wood for cabinetry. We were curious as to how different wood’s grains were going to look after a finish was applied. We had seen before were people would use a little water to get an idea. Of course we didn’t have any water readily available to us and I don’t think they would appreciate use getting water on their products. That’s when my wife had the brilliant idea of using a small bottle of hand sanitizer from her purse. It worked perfectly. Just like water it gave us an idea of what the wood would look like after a finish was applied. I believe that it is mostly alcohol so in five minutes it had all evaporated with out any ill affects to the wood. Good job babe!

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#1 posted 05-02-2012 02:20 PM


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#2 posted 05-02-2012 08:08 PM

thanks for the tip :-)


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#3 posted 05-03-2012 03:02 AM

very nice I will haft to remember that one

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 03:22 AM

They also make good white board cleaners (where I work they won’t buy the official cleaners and my boards were getting hard to read…necessity is the mother of invention:-)

One thing you may want to be mindful of is some of them have hand lotion or aloe in them…not sure how that may affect any finish.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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