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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-24-2013 02:14 PM

“Learn how your material behaves” is a mantra I learned from one of my mentors—in this case, George Blackman.

This applies whether it’s sheet goods, exotic woods, waterborne polyurethane or upholstery fabric. Learn how it behaves.

If you apply known techniques which you typically use on one material to an unknown material, there’s a fair chance failure, and epithets, will be in the air. It’s all a matter of proper tools and appropriate techniques.

Take varnish, which is known. You’ve seen Norm grab a foam brush and start spreading. Try that brush on lacquer…Failure! Is it the lacquer’s fault? Noop. Lacquer behaves differently from varnish.

Here on LJ we often hear, “I tried __ and it was awful and I’ll never use it again.” (ex: waterborne poly, polyurethane glue, hickory, hide glue, pine, etc. etc.)

Learn how your material behaves. Wisdom from George. And whiskers, the OP, has brought us a new way to deal with the surface of CDX: joint compound! How did he know to do that? I have a hunch he had learned, at some point, how joint compound behaves!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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