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kmealy posted a topic in FinishingCleaning a varnish brush, three steps. 1. Wipe off excess on a rag or paper towel 2. Use the three-jar (or two-jar) method. * The first jar (labelled III (or II)) contains the previously used mineral spirits / paint thinner. Dip in the brush and slosh it around. Take it out and wipe it off on a rag. * Repeat the process with the remaining jar(s). * Put a lid on the jars and save them for next time. * When the first jar becomes full of crud, pour off any clear on top into the next jar. Then throw the first jar away. Demote jar II to jar III (just add a "I") If you are just using two jars, then I becomes II. 3. Rinse with lacquer thinner. This will remove the oiliness of the mineral spirits. Wrap in original wrapper or a paper bag strip with rubber band and let dry.
When glueing, do you use anything to keep glue off the clamps? Can I use a spray, like Pam cooking spray or dry teflon spray? What about using a bar of soap? I don't want anything that will penetrate the wood. I've heard that some use wax paper, but I think that would be bothersome.
Crept out to my shop today and found a corner that was hiding out in the last go round with my shop clean up last weekend. Slowly but surely I am digging out. And getting my shop ready for production once again. I am getting anxious to say the least, but I have had to clean, and perform deferred maintenance on my machines and hand tools. Reminds me of what John Moody went through a short time ago. I went through my magazine collection and I have them sorted by publisher. Next I'll get the ones I want sorted by date and I'll get them in some binders or on a shelf. But for now I am donating to our local high-school wood program my stack of WOOD Magazines, but I am keeping my Fine Woodworking, Shop Notes, Woodworker's Journal, Popular Woodworking, and American Woodworker, Woodcraft and Wood Smith magazines. I threw away the annual tool review specials that each publisher puts out, like best tools of 2004 etc. Those are dated, but I am keeping the rest that have wonderful articles of interest to me. Sorting It's nice being out here in the shop, with my Pandora music playing away my Appalachia tunes, nearby my kids are playing basket ball right out side my shop door, so I'll take a break and join em, and let em whoop up on ol dad!
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