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11-27-2013 06:49 PM

Just got the Waterlox newsletter in my email. They used my story and photo from when I sent them feedback about using waterloo to finish my walnut kitchen island.

Online Version Here

Kinda cool :)

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 06:52 PM

You’re a star, Charlie. wow…..

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 07:02 PM

Cool! Now you need to get an agent, finagle your way into a “This Old House” episode. From there it’s a quick jump to one of the DIY channel rehab shows. A couple seasons there and you ghost-write a few how-to’s and then go on the big book-signing tour. There’s not much money to make in finishing walnut islands, but you’ll make a killing on the endorsements – applicator pads, brushes, dust masks, designer drop-cloths etc.
And so another LJ makes the jump to stardom and we can say “I knew him when…”

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 12:59 AM

Charlie, congratulations! I wondered what you have been doing since I haven’t seen a post from you since you completed your easel. Painting I imagine.

-- Art

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 01:11 AM

Your famous Charlie,Can I have your autograph ? Congrats.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 02:36 AM

Nicely done, congrats. I’ve gone through a can of Waterlox and I quite liked it. How does it hold up in comparison to a polyurethane varnish?

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 03:03 AM

It’s holding up on a well used kitchen island with a cooktop set into it. Food prep, grease spatters from frying, all kinds of various kitchen shenanigans. We wipe it off with a dishrag to get the big pieces and then spray it with vinegar water and wipe it off with a paper towel.

I’ve honestly forgotten what resins they used in the mix. I’d have to go look again. Right now I’m in a semi turkey coma :) It’s hard, it resists various acids and bases. And if it gets REALLY dirty and greasy I can wipe it down with mineral spirits and it doesn’t affect the finish one bit. It seems to me to be a bit more scratch resistant than polyurethane finishes but let’s face it, this is a floor finish. It SHOULD be resistant. I would imagine a polyurethane floor finish, if used on the island, would yield similar results. I’ve just never been overly impressed with the color that poly imparts. It makes the wood look “less woody” to me. I know that’s a very subjective observation, but…. there ya have it :)

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 04:33 PM

If memory serves, Waterlox uses a phenolic resin. I slapped some Waterlox on some projects but none of them have been subject to much abuse. I had the Waterlox for almost a year and by the time I began using it in earnest it had begun to gel in the can. I should have dumped some marbles in the can.

By the way, don’t ever try to use varnish that has started to gel. I did. It didn’t go well. I felt dumb.

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#9 posted 11-29-2013 06:11 PM

I had an unopened can that I bought when I did the island originally. And I had one about a quarter full that was left over from doing the island. When it came time to make an alteration on the island top I fully expected the partially used can to be junk. I opened it and it was fine. It had been sitting almost exactly a year, out in the attached garage. Got really cold but never frozen. Before I closed the can, I exhaled into it and put the metal inner stopper in place and then screed the cap on. That’s all I did.

Before I learned the exhale-into-the-can trick, I had one gel in 2 months :)

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#10 posted 12-02-2013 02:37 PM

Thanks for the tip, I’ll try that. Going to gel after a year with a half empty can is to be expected.

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