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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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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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Excellent Waterborne Clear Coat

Excellent Waterborne Clear Coat

12-01-2011 10:44 AM by NiteWalker | 7 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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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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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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Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

Old Masters Gel Polyurethane Finish

09-29-2013 04:00 AM by Purrmaster | 3 comments »

I got this stuff last summer and have used it on several projects since. Primarily on woods that are prone to blotching. I tried it after I read about it in a Bob Flexner book. I like it very much. It goes on and comes off with great ease. All you need to do is put some on a cloth and wipe it onto your wood. Wait a few minutes and then wipe off the excess. It will dry to the touch in a few hours. It’s not particularly smelly nor messy. It’s as easy to apply as boiled li...

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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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Vacuum Pressing At A Reasonable Cost

Vacuum Pressing At A Reasonable Cost

04-29-2013 03:00 AM by vipond33 | 20 comments »

To begin: If space is a vacuum, who changes the bag? Hmm? Back to earth. We use a vacuum bag extensively at our shop. Everything goes in it; veneered panels & torsion box assemblies. .solid layups and curved work pressings of course. . Recently, our old bag had had the bun. Full of difficult to patch holes, it was a mess. A new one though, was going to run us $550 from our original supplier. You have to pause at that expense, grimace a bit and patch a few more times. Then, ...

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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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