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General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

General Finishes Satin Topcoat Gel Review

25 days ago 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

100 days ago 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

141 days ago 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!

169 days ago 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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Benjamin Moore Advance

Benjamin Moore Advance

192 days ago by woodworkingdrew | 6 comments »

This past weekend, I painted a birch shelving unit with BM Advance paint. This is exceptional paint. First off my experience in my local paint shop was top notch. The employees are extremely knowledgeable, and very quick with mixing the product. I used a small Purdy 4 inch roller on the shelves/sides and a Purdy Nylox brush for the face frame and trim. The paint has excellent coverage and in 2 coats looked superb. It had excellent self leveling properties, and very low odor. Cleaning my rolle...

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Brilliant!

Brilliant!

234 days ago by SchotterWoodworking | 8 comments »

My first experience spraying Minwax Polycrylic has been outstanding: thins and sprays better than oil based poly, no flammable fumes, easy to clean up and looks great. The biggest downside: sanding! The grain is raised twofold using the water based, plan on using 220 to knock down the first bristles and 400 to finish. I’m sold.

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Easy and works

Easy and works

245 days ago by Rick M. | 5 comments »

Disclaimer, this was a free sample I received many months ago. Odie’s Oil is a mix of wax(es) and oil(s) that works like a friction polish but can also be applied to flat work. I don’t know exactly what is in it and it has a very distinct smell that I find pleasing. The claim is a little bit will go a long way and initially I tried applying with a paper towel and was disappointed, not only does the towel absorb too much of the finish but the paper sticks and leaves little fuzzb...

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Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

286 days ago by Tennessee | 8 comments »

When I first started in guitars in 2009, I went with the traditional nitro lacquer finish route, mostly because it was easy, cheap, and about as close to old time guitars as I could get. It also came, (about two years later), with a few complaints about wear-through from my customers, as guitars are handled by human hands, bandied about, rubbed on clothing while being played, and in general take a pretty good beating. I know that most modern guitar companies use either some sort of UV cur...

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Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

305 days ago by pashley | 17 comments »

I’m a bit of a glue geek; for me, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to glue. My usual go-to glue is Titebond Original. It’s strong, cheap, and just works great. But a few weeks ago, I heard about Titebond Molding and Trim Glue, and thought I could put it to use in the right application. The primary advantage of Titebond Molding and Trim Glue is that it doesn’t run. You have to make sure you put enough glue on a joint, but with ordinary yellow glue, that ofte...

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Excellent stainable filler

Excellent stainable filler

319 days ago by dschlic1 | 4 comments »

While constructing my entertainment center, I cut a mortise in the wrong position. As this mortise (slot) was cut in a location that would normally not be seen, I decided to use a stainable filler. I chose Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler Max Stainable. As you can see from the second photo, the result was quite good. I also used this product to cover some small holes made by the brad point of a forstner bit. In this case you can not see any evidence of hole or the product usage. ...

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