|Project by harvey||posted 03-15-2006 09:56 AM||8125 views||5 times favorited||21 comments|
One of my hobbies is making antique-style cars, trucks and trains out of various hardwoods. Using large power tools – from table saws to lathes – to create miniature collectibles is a wonderful exercise in precision woodworking.
Because the pieces of wood I work with are small, I like to spray them with finish or paint instead of using a brush. I also hate to set up my large compressor-run spray tools when I’m working on a small job.
I happened upon a great tool at my local paint store that has made life much easier: the Crown Spra-Tool, which sells for around $10 to $15. You place the liquid (paint, stain or any other suitable finish) you wish to spray in a small bottle, which is provided in the kit. Insert the plastic tubing into the bottle, and attach it to the nozzle. Power is supplied by an aerosol can, which can be replaced for a nominal fee. (You can also buy extra plastic bottles and caps to store a large variety of paints, which eliminates the need to clean a bottle when you want to change colors or finishes.)
Woodworking projects like this take a lot of time and require a great deal of detail work, but the end result is worth it. I’ve thought about selling some of the trains I’ve made (pictured here), but the hours invested in creating them could never be compensated. I take pride in displaying them, and I’ll ultimately give them to my grandsons.