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oldnovice

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1491 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: resource finishing question

I have been using lambs wool pads, purchased from General Finishes, for applying Tung oil and modified polyurethane products. I am down to my last few square inches and General Finishes no longer offers that product. It was sold as a bag full of pieces of various size that needed to be trimmed and combed before using.

I need to find another source! Soon! Or does someone else have a better solution than lambs wool?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"


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BertFlores58

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#1 posted 1491 days ago

Hans,
I use synthetic foam. I have no problem with that.
I sometimes use cotton cloth.

I think the best for any finish, it the right viscosity (you can attain by controlling the temperature of the tung-oil) and the period of application in relation to drying. (you don’t need to rub twice, thrice or many times, you need to wait till dry before coating again.) Sanding also affects uneven application of the tung oil.

Tung oil sometime never dry. I just wipe off the excess, then dry it. I’ve seen your projects. They are outstanding. Keep it up

-- Bert

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Toolz

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#2 posted 1491 days ago

Any decent leathercraft supplier:
http://www.leatherunltd.com/index.html?gclid=CKLprZbbkKMCFdFY2godTxjtrQ
http://www.eleathersupply.com/
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/
should have lambswool pieces cheap. Or buy a small sheepskin and cut your own. Do not cut with scissors, place wool side down and cut the back with a sharp knife or razor; that way the wool opposite the cut will stay intact.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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fiddlebanshee

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#3 posted 1491 days ago

What do these pads look like? Is it felted wool? If so, you can try finding a sheep farmer near you and see if they have fleeces available, felting them to your specifications would be fairly easy. Sometimes sheep farmers also have pelts with wool – this would be more expensive since they have to prep the hide for conservation.

Also, another idea, if you’re looking for felted wool is to look in thrift shops for wool sweaters—great for felting. Or go to a craft store, get some 100% lambswool, knit up a square and felt. (great opportunity to learn a new craft!).

-- As if I needed another hobby!

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 1491 days ago

Wool is used in batt and rope form as a sealant for log homes. www.loghelp.com sells it.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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jack1

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#5 posted 1490 days ago

I would write General Finishes and tell them BAHHHHHHHHH Humbug! ;0) sorry, couldn’t resist…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 1490 days ago

Thanks to all of you!

I used to put Tung oil on with my bare hands, the Homer Fornby did, but I now have a skin condition which I do not attribute to that. It’s more likely a combination of age and Rhumatoid Arthritis medication. Regardless I started with the lambs wool and maybe it’s time to try something else, at least for the Tung oil.

If I find a new source or better process I will let you know!

And Jack, I told them too baaaad now you won’t have my business! Most of the finishes I used from them before cannot be shipped to California ... go figure!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Rick

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#7 posted 1490 days ago

I ran my Uncles Hardwood Flooring Company for a year or so. We had 2 guys that did all the Staining and Poly Finishing. They used a Lambs Wool Pad to do both. It came in pre Cut Sizes and was wrapped around and clamped into a wooden block with a surface area of about 12”x4”. The Block was threaded and used a Broomstick type of Handle.

I know they got all of that from a Paint & Stain store. Sorry , but I have no idea which store or the price.

Mirko, one of the guys, was not happy about the amount of Stain or Poly it would hold after one “Dunking” so he came up with a Great Idea to improve that. He inserted a Ladies “Sanitary Napkin” between the Wood Block and Underside of the Lambs Wool Pad.

Live And Learn!!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Tony Strupulis

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#8 posted 1490 days ago

I think i’ve seen the wool pads Rick describes at Lowe’s in the Varethane floor finish display.

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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jack1

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#9 posted 1490 days ago

THere is lots of stuff that they don’t allow here and yet, they want to legalize pot… go figure.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Rick

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#10 posted 1489 days ago

Tony: They actually have Lumber Supply Stores up there??? ....LOL…

Yep! You’re right. Now that you twecked my Memory that’s were I saw them when I went in to buy some Poly.

Coincidence: I Live in AURORA Ont. Canada (just North of Torornto) and I’m almost sure there IS a Cabinet Co. here called Aurora Woodworks.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 1463 days ago

The hardwood flooring suggestion got me on the right track.

I was near a Lowe’s store and there I found 6”X11”X3/4” lambskin pad for applying poly to floors for $5.99. They only need to be cut to my typical usage size of 2”X2”.

This was one of a number of Rubberset, Cleveland Ohio, products for floor finishing. However, I could not find this particular item on their website.

Now I can finish my projects and I’m a happy woodworker again!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 1461 days ago

Follow up to the Lambskin saga!
Rubberset no longer provides this product. It is now available from Bestt Liebco
http://www.besttliebco.com/
Wooden supported pads
Item Number Size Pack UPC Code
997106100 10” 6 078435905580
997114120 12” 6 078435905597
997122160 16” 6 078435905603
Replacement Pads
997130100 10” 6 078435905610
997148120 12” 6 078435905627
997155160 16” 6 078435905634

And also is bag from
Item Number Description Pack UPC Code
509540000 Bag O’Plenty™ BP-15™ 12 079819954002

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