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kmealy last won the day on October 10 2019

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    "There is hardly anything in this world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and those people who consider price only, are this man's lawful prey." John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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  1. kmealy

    Good Clean Fun

    Trainee OAG in the paint department.
  2. OK, we have a pool going -- how long before the bottom shelf is packed with stuff? I put some poly on my BCX plywood table top when I made it in January. It did not last long before it got scratches -- sign of good use, right?
  3. kmealy

    Good Clean Fun

    Things that make you say, "Hmmm?"
  4. A good article on color matching. As I say. it's more like sailing a boat than shooting a rifle. Steps at a time and adjustment along the way. My most common color shifts I use glazes for pieces I'm (re)finishing and toners for touch up. The Universal Tinting Colors (UTCs) are the things in the carousel at the paint mixing station in a paint store. A 12 oz. bottle runs about $8 and will last you (and 30 of your friends) the rest of your life. You might be able to talk the paint store guy into giving you a few squirts into your container for free or for a small charge if you want to try this. When I was in a week long finishing class, one of my fellow students had done a table and it was very orange. The instructor mixed up some blue (yes, blue) glaze, wiped it on and immediately, it went to a nice warm brown. See my post on primary and secondary colors to know what neutralizes what. And the "Finisher's Color Wheel" will give you some idea of mixing and the earth colors often used in finishes. BTW, I save all these PopWood articles as PDF files so in the event they ever go away, I still have them. verbum sapienti sat est https://www.popularwoodworking.com/flexner-on-finishing-woodworking-blogs/matching-colors/?utm_content=130437057&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-27657236#
  5. Ouch. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Rule : always cut "downhill on the grain"
  6. Yes, the old man died, they started opening on Sunday (that he had long been opposed to), and just a few years later, went out of business. For a while, they were my go-to hardware store. Before and after that, there was a whole string of hardware/lumber stores that came and went in about 5 years each. I suppose Wal*mart also contributed to Swallen's demise. But the fact that KMart was in trouble and so was Sears should have helped them. https://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/remember-this-decades-before-walmart-cincinnatians-bought-everything-they-needed-at-swallens
  7. Yep, heard that one before. The company I worked for for 24+ years is that way. Nepotism and the kids were spoiled brats of the founder and owner.
  8. Ah, Swallens. I shopped there a lot. Then the kids took over and within a few years closed it all. There was a store about a mile down the road from my last house that sold Stickley. They closed up in 2018. Come to think of it, I outlasted all my retail customers over the last 20 years.
  9. I did some work for a "design center" here in town. One of the vendors there brought in a rep from Harden a long time ago and did a talk about the company (for the designers). I managed to sit in the back row and enjoyed the presentation.
  10. It appears there is still a good secondary market for Harden stuff. When I was working on Asian stuff, I was always convinced it had a 5-7 year life. But some of my retail customers had what I called "serial decorators." They would re-do their interiors about that often.
  11. Harden made some top-notch stuff. They even had their own forests that they harvested. Sadly, closed in 2018 https://www.ebohemians.com/harden-furniture/
  12. I didn't have the nerve to tell her that I could have changed the sheen in less than an hour with some buffing. Would have been worse if she'd tried to raise the gloss first with some Pledge. Would have been fish-eye city.
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