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Big results from small purchase

Big results from small purchase

03-19-2012 12:21 AM by map | 16 comments »

For $4, this was a throw away purchase. I was buying some other items, so why not? Little did I realize that someone had invented a much better mousetrap! This thing works as advertized. It spreads glue evenly and easily and cleans up quickly. I haven’t tried the paddle yet, but I suspect that it works as well. This isn’t a big thing, but it it definitely will replace all but my largest glue spreaders.

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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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Lack of Control

Lack of Control

03-16-2012 12:52 AM by T. D. Reid | 15 comments »

I just finished a twin size bed out of quarter-saw white oak in the Arts and Crafts style. During the planing stage I had noticed that I was low on my usual finish supplies and needed to order more before I started. Before doing so I stopped by my favorite big box store and checked out what was on the shelves in the finishing section. Low and behold Minwax add a new color to their line of Polyshades called Mission oak in Satin or Gloss, so I gave it a shot. Here is the review;Pro’s – it was p...

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second coat bliss

second coat bliss

02-19-2012 10:32 PM by John | 6 comments »

(sorry for the sideways pic) so my wife and i have an agreement in the kitchen – when i cook, she cleans, and when she cooks she cleans… same goes for painting and finishing; as a result i have been encouraged to switch to water based products for easier (for her) cleanup. hey, it’s a sweet deal, so i’ll give it a shot. for my daughter’s nightstand, she insisted on black (yuck); i didn’t want to paint it, i wanted an opaque or near-opaque stain ...

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Lee Valley Dripless Glue Bottle

Lee Valley Dripless Glue Bottle

01-28-2012 01:56 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 32 comments »

Not too long ago, I did a blog which asked people what type of glue they liked best for different woodworking projects. Many people stated that they used white or tan wood glue for many of their gluing applications. I often use this type of glue too, not only for my scroll saw projects, but also for building smaller projects such as boxes and things of that nature. One problem that I had was application. Since I used the glue on smaller projects and only in small amounts, I found that t...

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Nice and Easy

Nice and Easy

01-08-2012 06:49 AM by thiel | 14 comments »

I’ve used Minwax Brushing Lacquer before under ideal conditions (temperature, light, clean surfaces) and gotten really crappy results. Bought the Watco. Brushed it on a surface that still needed some work, and I did it at 40 degrees. Results were the best brushed finish I have ever produced. REALLY IMPRESSED with it. Quick coats, thin layers, nice flat surface resulting. No sags or drips and the finish flattened even though I was 15 degrees below recommended application tempera...

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Black Shellac

Black Shellac

01-06-2012 09:39 PM by tenontim | 19 comments »

I just made the picture frame in photo and decided to try the Black Shellac from shellac.net. Here’s the info from the distributor:The BLACK is all natural from the raw materials.No additional pigment or coloring is added.• On Light toned woods, the First coat yields a richmedium Cordovan (Bluish-Red) Mahogany.• A second Coat is Deeper & Dark Cordovan toned Black.• The third coat yields the BLACKwith a shadowed hint of DEEP Blackish-Purple. This is not a de-waxed shellac, so if ...

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Howard Paste Wax (Walnut Color) Leaves a Nice Satin Finish

Howard Paste Wax (Walnut Color) Leaves a Nice Satin Finish

12-14-2011 10:44 PM by pintodeluxe | 2 comments »

I was looking for a paste wax that was…1. Easy to apply2. Wouldn’t leave swirl marks3. Dark enough to avoid white wax marks on brown finishes4. Not so dark that it would change the color of my furniture5. Thick enough to fill fine scratches in the lacquer6. Most importantly would leave a satin sheen (I didn’t want a high gloss wax) Well on a recent mission style dining table, I found that Howard’s Citrus paste wax met all of my requirements. I started with a w...

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Very nice oil/wax finish - Simple application

Very nice oil/wax finish - Simple application

12-14-2011 07:31 PM by Woodworker123 | 1 comment »

In the past, I’ve used Gary Week's danish oil finishing schedule, which was recommended to me from a woodworking instructor. I really like the results, particularly using Deft brand danish oil. However, working on prototype wood iphone back panels (LB project, s main purpose, finishing hardwood floors, the price could really be a deal-breaker.

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expensive but worthy!

expensive but worthy!

12-04-2011 04:41 PM by slickSqueegie | 19 comments »

durable enough for a floor and nice looking enough for furniture! Clean-up is simple! and the finish drys a lot faster than their oil based. I didnt even have to thin it out to use with my sprayer!

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