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  2. @wtnhighlander, I think I will wait on the “ mad scientist” for a later project or better still, for the off cuts of these boards. What type of lye do you recommend and what is the formula?
  3. I've been repairing a lot of walnut imperfections like in your pic, with epoxy and brown dye. Matches very well. Also try to save some walnut sanding dust from your random orbital sander, and mix that in with clear epoxy. That works, too. Don't forget to cut all the rotten, or soft wood, out. I use different shaped picks.
  4. He must have a bandsaw mill set up someplace else. Then hauls lumber to his store.
  5. Finished. Just need to secure it to the bench. Then clean up the mess!
  6. JohnG


    I haven’t. I bought a few packs of them from Woodcraft when they had them on sale and haven’t worried about reusing them. If you use the proper solvent for the finish in the bag to flush them out, then let them dry out, it’ll probably be fine.
  7. Equal parts of tung oil (or BLO), mineral spirits (or turpentine), and gloss poly. I used this on a cherry chest 25 years ago and it still looks great. Wipe on thin coats using a folded blue towel.
  8. Mark J


    Do you guys reuse the bags? If so do you clean them out? and how?
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  10. I wish that I had known that you had experience using lye because I made plenty of mistakes using it. Do you have any advice removing glue spots? When I use it in the future, I'm planning to spritz it with water before applying the lye; do you agree?
  11. I agree with spraying. Poly will amber the dark cherry a bit more, while lacquer should keep it a bit brighter. I've done that lye treatment on cherry a few times, it can create a stunning color. I bet that clock looks awesome, going to share some photos?
  12. Your clock probaly has some nooks and crannies or, at leat, interior corners that are difficult to finish nicely with a rag or brush. I would lean towards a spray finish like laquer. Uneducated opinion - others here have more experince with spray finishes. BTW - Grandfather clock is on my bucket list.
  13. I'm completing a grandfather clock made entirely of cherry. I experimented using a Lye solution (3 parts crystalized lye/one cup distilled water) to create a seasoned finish (looks something like Rosewood). I'm trying to decide what to apply as a finish. Typically, I French polish my pieces; however, this piece is so large that I don't want to use this technique. I'm trying to attain a high gloss finish and I'm not sure what to use ( poly, lacquer etc). I would appreciate your suggestions?
  14. Tom King

    Dock redo

    Woke up this morning with a dog in labor, but she was finished delivering by 10, so we worked on the dock again. All the outside bands are set, and everything cleaned up. Materials list in the truck for tomorrow. I was going to take a picture, but had been in the water all morning, so laid my phone on the dock. The Sun was out, so it was too hot to operate when I tried to take a picture. I'll run back down there later and take a picture. I had to cut a big chunk out of that end post on the right to get a plumb section to support the band. It looks pretty good now though, even without the last section decked. Picture is making the shoulder cut with the top of the chainsaw bar. It fit perfectly, and no fine tuning of the post was needed after the chainsaw. I had screwed a 2x4 to support that last band at the correct height, and left it long enough to be able to push the band to the side for chainsaw clearance. That 2x4 also supported the scaffold plank in this position. No tools were ever dropped in the lake. I didn't realize SIL had been taking pictures. She had a paddleboard to pick up pieces of wood kicked in the lake. I'll trim the decking boards after they've dried some more. .
  15. Ronn W


    I use the Stop Loss bags. I like them. I have had satin ARS in a bag as long as a year and ended up using every drop of it. It's easy to mix the product before use without introducing any bubbles into the product. Just be sure to follow the directions and remove the air from the bag after each use. As for filling the bag - easy - put the collapsable funnel over the top of an open can of product. Insert the bag nozzle into the small end of the funnel. Turn the whole works upside down holding the can and letting the bag sit on the bench. Hold the can fimly and poke a hole in the bottom of the can (which is now on top). The product flows into bag. Take the bag off the funnel and screw the cap on. Take the funnel off the can and set it aside so the product lining the funnel dries and then peal the product out of the funnel. Always wipe the bag nozzle after use so dried product does not build up so fast.
  16. He told me that he sources, saws, dries and mills his own lumber. I did not get any more detail than that.
  17. @Coop, if you are willing to play 'mad scientist', I've used lye on walnut before, which darkens it considerably. If you choose to experiment, I suggest multiple applications of a weak lye solution, sanding as if you had raised the grain each time. A single application of strong solution can go realy dark, really fast. And don't forget to neutralize the lye with a vinegar wash, or it will affect the top coat.
  18. That is pretty blah looking indeed. And Walnut tends to lighten over time.
  19. Chet

    Odie's Oil?

    He can't take criticism of his product. He gets into heated verbal arguments with anyone that has anything less then glowing praise of his product. As nice as Marc is I think he even had a little go around with the owner. I saw one on Youtube a month or so and the YouTuber was posting the responses he was getting from the owner and the guy is a complete jerk.
  20. Ronn, do you know who does all his sawing? There is a guy in Cambridge that has a sawmill...just to produce lumber for woodworkers. He does mostly slabs, but I think he'll saw lumber for individuals, too. I've been lucky, I've used a guy in Isanti for the last 4 years, and he cuts the lumber exactly how I want it. I'm pretty sure I have a lifetime supply of walnut, white oak, and red oak stickered, stacked, and drying. Well...dry. But, I still want to cut up one more big white oak off of Dad's farm. Just in
  21. Coop

    New lumber source

    I too am not a big fan of slabs but I’m not so sure that slabs are an influence on the availability of rough sawn lumber. One of my suppliers, the closest and most expensive, has ramped up his supply of slabs. Based on the asking price, I would say his inventory of slabs is probably 5% of his stock and it’s a sizable place. 2-3 years ago I would see 8-10 slabs in one of his warehouses. Now he probably has 50-60. Based on the asking price of the slabs, it’s obviously a profitable niche for them. However, based on the size and configuration of the slabs, I doubt that too many bf of usable lumber could be obtained from them.
  22. She also gets the house and the back yard. I just go in the shop and close the door . . .
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