The agony, the agony, some more agony and the ecstasy #17: Cheap trick

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Blog entry by 404 - Not Found posted 05-20-2013 11:39 PM 1446 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just about at the end of the ‘Sprayathon’

The finish has gone on better than I expected. Becker Acroma acid catalysed satin lacquer. It’s really brought out the colour and character of the wood, leaving a deep lustrous satin finish, smooth to the touch.

I attribute the ease of application this time to backing the van up to the garage door, putting the turbine in the van and running the hose out of the tail gate and under the garage door. The filters haven’t clogged once, just sucking in that fresh country air, sans overspray. On/off operated by unplugging an extension lead. Low tech, but effective.

Sure it’s noisy, my neighbours are probably sick of the sound of it running – like a very angry vacuum cleaner, but then again, live and let live. The guy next door has OCD about power washing everything, and that’s definitely noisier than my Fuji Mini Mite turbine.

But there’s always one fly in the ointment.

I’ve been careful, real careful with this job. I only noticed one little chip gone out of a moulding once the first coat of lacquer went down.

Of course it’s glued and pinned on and never coming off, and if I simply fill it with putty, it will look like I simply filled it with putty. So I sneak upstairs to where my wife keeps the cotton buds, grab a few, and prepare to repair the affected spot.

I can’t remember where I read it, but bumps and knocks are made noticeable by the reflection of light and shadows. A disturbance in the smoothness of the surface. Get it back smooth and the problem disappears.

So using the cotton buds, I fill the offending chip with drops of lacquer. It might take 3 or 4 or five goes to do this, just until the lacquer is proud of the surface. Then it can be sanded back level, spray on the second coat.

Chip? what chip?

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 05-20-2013 11:51 PM

A clever solution! Looks very good.

-- "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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#2 posted 05-21-2013 12:00 AM

Nice fix..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 12:43 AM

Well done. The cabinet in its entirety is amazing. The arches at each panel are perfection. I so want to develop the skills to produce such exacting details. For now, I trudge through demolition and reinstallation of (mostly mdf/plastic laminate) millwork. I don’t even supply the new millwork. By this time next year, I plan to change that. Not sure I have the chops to build from fine hardwoods… Yet.

You guys and your projects are inspiration.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 01:20 AM

Awesome repair!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 01:24 AM

Got to remember this good tip!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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404 - Not Found

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 09:41 AM

James, I know someone else with that very same motto. A wise man indeed. This job will be wrapped in swaddling, don’t worry. I don’t care if I cause a five mile tail back delivering this job, it will be handled like a baby.

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 03:03 PM

Its a long road and the sharp turns give great rewards

Nicely done and repaired

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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