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Valspar Spray Primer - White.  Run away from this stuff.

Valspar Spray Primer - White. Run away from this stuff.

09-11-2011 01:51 PM by David Grimes | 11 comments »

They sell it at Lowe’s and at Tractor supply. I couldn’t find any of my beloved Zinsser white or clear so I gave this a try in priming a raw birch plywood desktop for a customer’s built-in desk. Long story short: I sprayed, It dried (slowly). When finally dry, I tried to very lightly scuff sand before applying finish paint and it completely gummed up my paper AND made little white dough balls over the surface. I scraped it all off with a 5-in-1 tool, then used a Rus...

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Charles Neil's Pre-Color Conditioner - Blotch Control

Charles Neil's Pre-Color Conditioner - Blotch Control

10-29-2011 05:12 AM by semmons23 | 4 comments »

I’ve posted a written review and my video review of Charles’ blotch control on my blog. Overall its a great product. Easy to use, non-toxic and it just plain works. http://www.thedustydeveloper.com/2011/10/review-charles-neals-pre-color.html

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Very Impressive Adhesive

Very Impressive Adhesive

05-26-2008 07:23 AM by bbqking | 24 comments »

This is the first time I’ve used a hide glue and I must say that I am very pleased with everything about it. I have always used TiteBond glues in the past but this is a far superior glue (in my opinion) than the others. It stays where you apply it, does not run or drip like other TiteBond glues, and gives you more time for complicated glueups. Many times in my projects, I apply glue with a toothpick in mortises and again on their matching tenons. This glue rolls easily off the pick, lea...

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Benjamin Moore Advance

Benjamin Moore Advance

02-10-2014 06:47 AM 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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Elmer's ProBond Advanced, another great product from a trusted name

Elmer's ProBond Advanced, another great product from a trusted name

05-12-2013 12:42 AM by dj1096 | 6 comments »

Like most woodworkers I have a variety of glues for various projects. I was sent a sample bottle of through the Handyman Club. To be honest, I tried this with some trepidation but was pleased at the results. On metal to wood it held every bit as well as Gorilla Glue which I normally use. Whereas polyurethane glue expands and oozes, Elmer’s ProBond Advanced performed without the messy cleanup. I can only testify to how it worked on the projects I did. The first project was wood to...

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Say hello to my little friend, The Harbor Freight 4oz. Detail Spray Gun.

Say hello to my little friend, The Harbor Freight 4oz. Detail Spray Gun.

03-18-2012 08:20 PM by Douglas Bordner | 19 comments »

I am generally loathe to buy Harbor Freight tools if they have a motor/moving parts, probably snobbish on my part, and not springing from a lot of actual experiential data. But I have had my eye on this little gun for some time, and as it had dropped in price from $15.00 to the ridiculously low price of $12.95, I jumped on it. I mean how bad can it go, this is the disposable chip brush of spray guns, so if it sucked I wouldn’t cry and would have bought an education in “you get wha...

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Excellent Waterborne Clear Coat

Excellent Waterborne Clear Coat

12-01-2011 10:44 AM by NiteWalker | 6 comments »

I decided to write this review because I don’t see this finish mentioned too often, and it really deserves more recognition. It’s a waterborne clear coat that’s been formulated for spraying directly from the jar (that’s one really neat thing about it, it comes in plastic jars that are reusable, not tin cans). I started using it this past summer after reading some reviews around the web and from a member on woodnet I look to for finishing advice. I was looking for a ...

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Great Natural Oil Finish

Great Natural Oil Finish

07-23-2011 09:39 PM by Ian W | 12 comments »

I couple of weeks ago I bought a quart of Homestead House Hemp Oil Wood Finish in Toronto Ontario mostly as an experiment. Hemp oil was new to me but the sales person promoted it as a locally grown alternative to Tung Oil. I have been very pleased with the hemp oil. Initially the Hemp Oil was used as a rubbed on finish on some raw wood. It was easy to work with, and easy to clean up and smelled nice. The resulting finish was a gentle semi-gloss shine that high lighted the grain of the wo...

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Epoxy, O what a versatile glue...

Epoxy, O what a versatile glue...

02-06-2011 07:59 AM by DoctorDan | 5 comments »

What is Epoxy?The all knowing all seeing Wikipedia ’Epoxy is a copolymer; that is, it is formed from two different chemicals. These are referred to as the “resin” and the “hardener”. The resin consists of monomers or short chain polymers with an epoxide group at either end. Most common epoxy resins are produced from a reaction between epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A, though the latter may be replaced by similar chemicals. The hardener consists of polyamine mon...

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Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

Comparing Tru-Oil wipe on to Tru-oil spray

11-07-2013 03:47 PM 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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