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Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Retired Electrical Engineer. Worked in Aerospace and aviation Guidance and Navigation Systems.
More time for hobbies (e.g. woodworking) after retirement.

Crowded shop (whose isn't) as a 16X20 attachment to house and garage. I have several old
craftsman tools inherited from my father-inlaw and a few newer tools such as a Dewalt planer and
Bosch router with table.

Mostly small projects to date including an armoire for American Girl Doll clothing (obviously for a grand daughter) and small locked boxes for some grand sons, The latter are what Charles Neil calls "Keeping

I have been an online subscriber to Charles Neil's "Mastering Woodworking" since it began.

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 03:44 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 05:50 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 06:08 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-19-2012 04:59 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!


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#5 posted 08-29-2013 06:11 PM

I am refinishing three 65 year old walnut altars from my wife’s home church. These are small
versions of the main altar in the sanctuary and were build in my inlaws’ house by a group of church
members in 1948. They were used in Sunday School Rooms and received some rough treatment
over the last 65 years. I stripped the old varnish and proceded with some light sanding and refinishing.
All has been going well except for the last coats of the finish.

I am using GF Armor Seal as the topcoat. I have liked this product a lot with previous
projects. My problem is that we have been having very warm and humid weather here in Iowa lately
and the Armor Seal dries very rapidly. It is dry to the touch in about an hour. This is being wiped on
by the way. I am now down to the final wiped on coats and the appearance is not satisfactory. The
surface appears to have streaks. This is not a matter of the finish being uneven. It feels smooth.
I am wondering is this is an effect of appling the finish when the temp is in the 90’s? Is there something
that can be done or do I just need to wait for cooler weather?

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