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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 05-18-2011 08:33 PM 1202 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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05-18-2011 08:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glueups putty spatula

Here’s a pair:

First, you take your basic sandwich spreading tool, narrow it down and shorten it and square the end and round the corners gently and you have, voila, a great little putty spreader; wide enough to catch a staple hole going sideways, but not so big it leave globs of the stuff to sand off. Read from left to right: The stock tool, two repurposed ones, and the ubiquitous 6” rule to give you perspective. (note: I did not steal these from the scullery. I buy them at thrift stores.)

Here you see the basic round Brita water purification pitcher. These, too, show up regularly at second hand stores.

Inside you see the white liner, which just sits in there, and has a hole where the filter used to fit. I fill the pitcher with water just to the level of the shelf. stick a small rag in the water, and when I’m doing glueups that require wiping the excess, I wring out the cloth to the right degree of dampness and store it on the shelf. It’s there when I need it, doesn’t slop water everywhere, and I can dunk it in the little hole and rinse it out easily. The lid keeps sawdust and other meanies out of the equation.

Expect to pay, in my world, about two bucks for the pitcher.

So, the ball is lobbed into your court. Whatcha got?

Is that an Ekco I hear?

No picture, no story…

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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richgreer

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 08:48 PM

I have a friend who has a micro plane food grater in his shop. It is a very good rasp. My wife has an identical one in her kitchen. However, if I were to use one, I would buy a new one for myself to keep peace in the family.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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richgreer

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 08:51 PM

One more – - I like to use a 50/50 mixture of glossy and satin rub-on poly (Minwax). I don’t have a good way to keep it after it is mixed so I try to make just enough for the project at hand. I use a measuring cup from the kitchen.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 08:58 PM

My wife is still looking for these items so no evidence will be displayed….
Measuring cup set….scissors…that the total heist so far.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Pete Wadey

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 09:05 PM

Mixing bowl for drawing 12” circle or 6” radius.

-- Pete Wadey , http://workshop-aprons.blogspot.com/

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StumpyNubs

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#5 posted 05-18-2011 09:21 PM

This is a FANTASTIC idea for a thread! Of course you’ll not get many “required” pictures because nobody wants to get out the camera for it. But I pulled these off google images-

I use my wife’s old utensil turnabout for paint brushes.

I use a few rubber spatulas for large surface glue spreaders

I use wax paper all the time when doing veneering

I use coffee cans for more things than I can count

BUT- I also always feel like I need to make everything I can out of wood, including shop fixtures, etc that many people just use household things for.

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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rhett

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 09:29 PM

Wax paper and hand towels are what I used to get in trouble for “borrowing” from the kitchen. Now I just get some of my woodworking supplies from the grocery store.

-- It's only wood.

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StumpyNubs

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#7 posted 05-18-2011 10:10 PM

I tell my wife that everything belongs to me, and if SHE wants to “borrow” a pot or pan or utensil for use in the kitchen, she may ask me for it. I almost always say yes as long as she says pretty-please…

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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teejk

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 05:35 PM

not from the kitchen but the bathroom…those little paper Dixie cups are great (and disposable) for glue-ups plus are a good way to soak the flux brushes I use (I tend to be “thrifty”) so I get a few uses out them.

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