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Formby's not so Tung Oil Finish

Formby's not so Tung Oil Finish

12-22-2014 05:40 AM by Thomas berkey | 14 comments »

I have used Formby’s Tung Oil Finish for years since it is readily available at the local home improvement store and is easy to use. They sell this product as a “mix of tung oil and other fine penetrating oils” and appears to be nothing other than a wiping varnish with maybe a tad bit of oil in it with tons of thinner. The can says You wipe it on with a rag and buff it into the wood and do this maybe three times to get a nice close to the wood finish that has a good amoun...

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Real smooth and Bright Finish

Real smooth and Bright Finish

11-09-2014 09:01 PM by Duckster | 7 comments »

I have been using the combination of these two products for the last few months. I gave both a 5 star rating as they have not failed since I started using them.I put 2 coats of the sealant, then I sand it with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth it. I then put 3 light coats of the lacquer and then I sand it again with 400 grit.I am picky about the finish I put on my projects, but I know from experience that shine sells!I then apply 12 more coats of the lacquer, I know that sounds like a lot but putt...

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Terrible leveling, poor abrasion resistance

Terrible leveling, poor abrasion resistance

11-09-2014 02:07 AM by Scott C. | 4 comments »

I’ve waited to review this stuff as a I wanted to try it out for a while before making my mind up about it. I bought a couple of gallons to finish some kitchen drawers and had a good amount leftover which I used on a couple of furniture projects and a jewelry box. My main gripes are it’s leveling properties and abrasion resistance suck, both with spraying and foam brush. I can’t get a smooth finish with runs, drips and brush marks. It scratches really easily, after a month o...

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Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

Makes Glue-ups Much Easier

11-02-2014 04:22 PM by CharlesA | 5 comments »

There are certain conveniences in life that once you get used to them, it’s very hard to go back to the way things used to be. I think Rockler was first on the scene with the silicone glue accessories, and I’m happy they did. A few notes on these and some others out there. The glue tray is probably the most irreplaceable. I used to squirt glue on a scrap of wood and then toss it when I was done. Now I reach for the glue tray, and I can clean it with water when I’m d...

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My first review! - Woodcraft preformed sanding pads in multiple profies

My first review! - Woodcraft preformed sanding pads in multiple profies

10-03-2014 12:59 AM by rblank | 2 comments »

This is my first review of anything…ever, so please bear with me. I was refinishing my front door and needed some way to get the three layers of old paint out of all the small, hard to reach places and profiles. “Why not just repaint the door” you’re probably asking yourself? Well it all started with an overly rambunctious teenager driving me nuts one Saturday morning, so for his punishment I told him to scrape all the old paint off the door I have intended to repai...

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It works

It works

09-14-2014 06:11 AM by Purrmaster | 8 comments »

This review is for the Aqua Coat clear grain filler. http://aquacoat.com/products/clear-grain-filler They also make a clear wood putty/filler I haven’t tried. Right now this stuff is $17.95 for a pint. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with this stuff. I’m on my second can now. I’ve used it on several tables made from oak and walnut. After getting crud embedded in the grain after finishing one too many times I finally started using a grain filler. I picked t...

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General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

07-27-2014 02:51 AM by pashley | 10 comments »

On a recent clock order, the customer wanted a satin finish. I have always had semi-gloss as the preferred finish, but satin was his choice. I’ve seen General Finishes products on the better woodworking websites and magazines, so I thought I’d give it a try, as finishing is not my strong point. What I was looking for was a finish that would go on easily, evenly and not hide the wood, so I selected the General Finishes Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat. This product deliv...

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A must have glue accessory

A must have glue accessory

05-12-2014 01:27 PM by Crickett | 10 comments »

No matter how silly it seems, perhaps one of my absolute favorite tools in my shop is one of the smallest and cheapest. I recently purchased Rocklers silicone glue kit complete with a silicone brush, silicone rake/comb, and a silicone tray. I also purchased separately the silicone dowell applicators. In my opinion, anything that increases my efficiency, reduces cost, and saves materials is something to at least consider. We all use glue on nearly every project, and most of us in the past use...

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Rudd Lacquer Sprays Well,  Nice Satin Finish

Rudd Lacquer Sprays Well, Nice Satin Finish

04-01-2014 05:51 PM by pintodeluxe | 8 comments »

My local paint store quit carrying Valspar Pre-cat lacquer. Their replacement product is Rudd Duracat-V 550 voc pre-cat lacquer. It is billed as a vinyl, non-yellowing lacquer. I had the chance to use it on a recent project, and it compares favorably with Valspar, Sherwin Williams, and Magnalac. This lacquer is milky white in the can, compared to the yellow color of lacquers I have used in the past. I used the satin sheen, which looked like a hand rubbed finish after one coat. I sanded ...

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ACCIDENTAL, (DEFINITELY OFF-LABEL), SANDPAPER DISC CLEANER!

ACCIDENTAL, (DEFINITELY OFF-LABEL), SANDPAPER DISC CLEANER!

03-04-2014 11:22 PM by jeffwedekind | 8 comments »

I discovered this little gem of a use completely by accident one day. I had been sanding a lot of pine on my disc sander and the disc was completely gummed up with resin. It was shot! Or so I thought. As fate would have it, I needed to sand some finer parts, and I didn’t have another disc on hand. The closest place to get a new 12’’ disc is over 100 miles away, so I tried to figure out a way to get the disc back in action. I tried my trusty gum block, nothing. I tr...

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