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skone

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09-09-2011 03:24 AM

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Hello, all.

What type container do you keep your homemade finish in?

For me, hearing you weigh in serves two purposes:

1. Safety – let’s not blow up the house.
2. Creativity – sharing ideas on nifty containers might be interesting.

Who knows George Frank? Awesome guy, RIP. Look up his book, Adventures in Finishing if you are not familiar. He got me motivated to ditch the Danish oil and try making my own finish. I know many of you do this however, it is new to me.

I just mixed up 25% Pure Tung, 50% BLO, and 25% Pure Turpentine. I put it in a recycled plastic bottle that used to hold a bleach based product. (I cleaned it well. Even used vinegar and soda to neutralize scent.) I figured it was a good choice for ease of application. There is nothing practical about a rectangular can with a silver dollar sized hole in the top. This bottle has a top much like what you find on sports drink bottle. The plastic material is pretty sturdy.

I’m hoping it is safe for storage. So…

Advice, experience, tips, tricks, secrets???

Hope everyone is well…

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)


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tenontim

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 03:48 AM

Started out keeping it in Mason Jars. Finally bought a case of 1 pint metal cans. Ran out of those, now I get glass jars that oil additive comes in, from my son’s diesel repair shop. Just have to be careful with the glass. It doesn’t drop well.

I bought George Franks book years ago, and it’s my favorite book. I love using chemicals to color wood.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 04:37 AM

Various sizes of Mason jars with a double thickness of plastic shopping bag under the lid for easier removal. I recycle Titebond glue bottles for finishes like BLO. I just squirt a little on the project and start wiping/rubbing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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skone

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 05:11 AM

tim, happy to hear you like the book. what a great read.

i hear both of you guys on the glass for storage. for the record though, gfadvm, when you put BLO in a plastic tightbond bottle—- pure BLO or have you cut it with spirits?

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-09-2011 05:50 AM

Straight BLO undiluted.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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PutnamEco

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#5 posted 09-09-2011 07:40 AM

I like to recycle older containers, which means I have quart tins, gallon tins, milk jugs, old jelly jars, etc.

If it is a more valuable mix, or I NEED to successfully store it for a longer period of time, I will put it in fresh quart/gallon paint cans, or Nalgene bottles.

My tip
I haven’t had any luck storing aromatic solvent based finishes in plastic containers, they don’t seem to have a particularly long storage life.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 09-09-2011 01:14 PM

I took to using canning jars quite some time ago when I was having problems with plastic containers. They would either “breathe”, allowing the finish to cure, or completely collapse making find another container. But like someone said, glass doesn’t fall well so it has it’s problems as well. Also, when you use the ring/lid combo on canning jars, the gaskets on the lids doesn’t always hold up well…so I also buy those plastic storage lids made specifically for the mason jars. No problems so far with them after using them about 4 years.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 09-09-2011 01:35 PM

Jelly jars.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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skone

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 03:10 PM

Nalgenes are not a bad idea for strong plastic. My whole gravitation toward plastic is the availability of a “pop top”. Not worth the doubt though. I found a good thick bottle I’m going to use. Not squirtable but certainly stable. Providing I protect it from this gravity creature you all speak of. I’ve got a cement floor after all…

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 09:54 PM

I use old jars from the kitchen- peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce…. I like using glass since I know that it won’t react or be degraded by any of the solvents. I have never dropped one but it would be a mess if I did (concrete floor in my shop/garage).
many plastics can be affected by the components of finishes – this may not be apparent right away but show up with time- brittleness, wall thining etc.

Jeff

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