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Household product that removes CA Glue residue…and the Dan & Odie Show

Household product that removes CA Glue residue…and the Dan & Odie Show

05-09-2009 11:52 PM by Douglas Bordner | 113 comments »

Calico Polish Off Artifical Nail and Polish Remover. Excellent and effective product for removing CA glue build up from fingers. I haven’t had the need (knock wood) to separate my fingers from themselves or a workpiece using this product, so I do buy the Super Solvent that is a shelfmate of the other Hot Stuff Cyanoacylate glues I use. However after fiddling with some inlay banding today, I developed a thin coat of CA on the fingers. At $2.99 the Polish Off (with Acetone) is significant...

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Glidden Trim & Door Extra High Gloss Interior/Exterior Oil Paint with Gel-Flow Technology

Glidden Trim & Door Extra High Gloss Interior/Exterior Oil Paint with Gel-Flow Technology

09-10-2011 07:40 AM by David Grimes | 8 comments »

My partner’s better half works at Home Depot. She told him about this new paint they have. He told me about it. The word was that it would not drip or leave brush marks. Hmmm… I went to get a can. The can itself says boldly on the label NO DRIPS, NO BRUSH MARKS. Hmmm… I used it on a few projects and came to the conclusion (you guessed it): No drips and No brush marks ! How did they possibly manage that ? Usually, we add Penetrol (for oil) or Floetrol (for latex...

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Better than your average Tung Oil by miles...

Better than your average Tung Oil by miles...

01-12-2010 12:59 AM by mckenziedrums | 14 comments »

I was surprised I didn’t see a review for this one… In the world of drum building (and probably most woodworking in general) tung oil is the gateway drug to finishing. It’s pretty much impossible to screw up and while it takes forever to apply in amounts that actually build up, you end up with a fantastic finish. Myself… well I’m a little impatient when it comes to finishing. When I do use an oil finish I want it to build quickly, fumes be darned. Waterlox ...

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Crystalac Grain Filler

Crystalac Grain Filler

07-08-2010 08:46 AM by vicrider | 37 comments »

I have recently discovered a product called Crystalac Grain Filler (Rockler, Amazon). It is water based, easy to apply, dries clear and will fill open grain woods like Oak, Walnut, and Koa in 2 or 3 coats. It is the consistency of loose toothpaste and costs about $25/qt. But a quart will last a loooooong time. IMHO, it is hands down the best grain filler I have ever used. It is not granular, doesn’t require thinning, doesn’t need volatile chemical reducers, doesn’t require stain or color to m...

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Timber Mate Wood Filler - By Far the Best

Timber Mate Wood Filler - By Far the Best

09-10-2011 06:52 AM by David Grimes | 13 comments »

For years I was a regular user of the old crusty… I mean trusty Minwax Stainable Wood Filler. I’ve thrown away quite a bit that hardened around the edges, then the last bit on the bottom. Sometimes it would get a foul odor, too… but it “worked”. Then, some time ago I came across Timber Mate and thought I’d give it a try. I’ve been using nothing but this product ever since. I liked it so much after the first order that I immediately ordered all...

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LOCKTITE POWER GRAB REALLY SUCKED .... * WORST ADHESIVE ON PLANET EARTH*

LOCKTITE POWER GRAB REALLY SUCKED .... * WORST ADHESIVE ON PLANET EARTH*

03-31-2009 01:31 AM by Dan'um Style | 27 comments »

LOCKTITE POWER GRAB is crap. I glued and clamped six large landscape tiles to a plywood board with Power Grab thinking it would be an improvement over my normal method of Gorilla Glue (sometimes a little messy). NOT I HAVE NEVER in all my years used anything that worked so poorly. REALLY REALLY BAD. Last night I applied 3/4 a tube to fasten my tiles to a plywood backer board. I lightly clamped the tiles with spring clamps and let it setup OVERNIGHT ... (over 20hours). Came home...

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MinWax Wood Sheen

MinWax Wood Sheen

11-08-2008 10:15 PM by Dusty56 | 4 comments »

A wipe-on gel which combines oil stain with a soft lustre top-coat. Easy to use gel stain and protective top-coat in just one simple step. Minwax Woodsheen makes it easy to achieve a beautiful classic hand-rubbed finish in only two hours. Minwax Woodsheen comes in a variety of five popular wood tone colors plus Dove White and Natural. Hello my fellow LJ’s , I just wanted to share some product info with you . I have been using this wonderful , easy to apply product for many years now...

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Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

Excellent Water-Based Lacquer

04-04-2011 09:46 PM by TheDane | 32 comments »

I have been using wipe-on poly on all of the Mission/Arts & Crafts, until the most recent project ... This project was built in a class I was taking at the local tech college, and they will not allow polyurethane finishes in the finishing room in the shop. Most everything that comes out of that shop is top-coated with pre-catalyzed lacquer, which students have to buy from local sources. The finish supply stores around here carry only gallons and up, nobody else in the class needed an...

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Marc was right...

Marc was right...

06-20-2008 05:45 PM by Texasgaloot | 18 comments »

I’m really sort of an old tools kind of guy, and therefore I’m never very enthusiastic when the time comes to use a poly finish. As a matter of fact, I lurk on another list where we refer to this stuff polyurinate. I’ll use shellac or French Polish in a heartbeat. Now, I’ve used the Minwax poly by the gallon for past projects, and I first picked up a quart of the Minwax water based poly from the big blue bigbox store in order to finish out a client’s library t...

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Spackling Compound

Spackling Compound

11-30-2010 10:44 PM by BigDaddyO | 5 comments »

I’m sure most of you have used Spackling compound before. I must have tried dozens over the years and have never been happy with any of them. Either they don’t stick to the wall well, or they shrink too much, or they dry so hard it makes sanding difficult, or they don’t smooth well. I was at my local paint store and needed some more spackle to repair a water damaged ceiling joist. I picked up the only thing they had. MH Ready Patch. When I got it home and opened it...

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