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Easy and works

Easy and works

12-18-2013 09:45 PM 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

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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Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

Titebond Molding and Trim Glue Review

10-19-2013 01:21 PM 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

10-06-2013 12:37 PM 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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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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A HOME RUN FOR ROUTER TEMPLATES

A HOME RUN FOR ROUTER TEMPLATES

09-13-2013 12:32 AM by motthunter | 9 comments »

I used this tape and had to say WOW! It is an advance for the art of router templates like i have never seen. You tear off a piece of this tape and attach it to your router template. Peel off the backing paper and place the template on the wood you want to rout. The tape holds strong and when you are done, you pick off the template and it pops off with zero adhesive left on the wood.. No more scraping adhesive, no more lacquer thinner to remove the adhesive, no more crazy sanding. This...

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Saved me a lot of time and money

Saved me a lot of time and money

09-08-2013 06:47 PM by bluejazz | 5 comments »

Despite years of trying, we never really broke our cat of racing up the stairs and then launching herself at the door jamb, semi-firmly grasping the molding with her claws and sliding down. The results were predictable. Selling the house provided an unwanted opportunity to test this product. There are two photos of the molding here, one before using Howard’s Restor-A-Finish (Golden Oak) and one after. I hope they do the improvement justice. If it turns out the photos don’t ...

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The very best super glue you will ever use.

The very best super glue you will ever use.

09-07-2013 03:58 AM by Rick M. | 20 comments »

I have used a lot of CA glue brands over the years, all the name brands, some generics, and some speciality brands that were popular among model builders but Loctite Professional is the creme de la creme of super glues. Apparently they set a world record for super glues by holding up a billion pounds or something with a few drops but my needs are more modest. Here’s what you want to know: 1. $6 /bottle (20g)2. It will actually stick things together nearly instantly, so tightly you ca...

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Might as well just smear on some lemon marmalade and call it done.

Might as well just smear on some lemon marmalade and call it done.

08-08-2013 09:56 PM by JustJoe | 37 comments »

We need a “0 Stars” selection. Better yet, negative stars. Minwax Polyshades would be a -27 stars. This little can of cr@p ruined a chest I was refinishing. Well I did, the minwax was just the weapon of choice. I should have known that the proper finish for a vintage machinist chest is NOT found in Wally World between the light-bulbs and the duct tape. But no, I was too lazy to drive over to Lowes even though IT WAS RIGHT ACROSS THE #@$##$^ PARKING LOT. So I bought this can of ...

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Odies oil for Instruments

Odies oil for Instruments

07-04-2013 09:39 PM by GibsonWoodworking | 1 comment »

I have been using odies oil now for a few months and I am sold on it. I actually have all of the odies products and they are all wonderful and worth trying. The interesting thing about odies is that all the different products and designed to work together, meaning you can basically customize the finish to get the result you want.I have tried all the traditional instrument finishes, Nitro Lacquer, Tru Oil, Shellac, and Odies is by far the easiest to get a great finish with…. and you don&...

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