Life as an Amateur Woodworker #78: Murphy has come to visit!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 05-04-2016 02:10 PM 1119 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished sanding the dining room suite at the week-end, I went from 100, to 200, 320,and finally 400 grit, I decided that, as this is not top of the range furniture, that was sufficient, it is smooth to the touch, so that is fine.

Yesterday, I started varnishing, and did part of the table and one chair, then Murphy struck, I knew it was too good to be true, you get stuck into a piece of work, then something comes along to put the mockers on it, I think Tom (DocSavage45) sent him down, to give him a rest, anyway I received a phone call to say that the appointment for my Spinal blocker injection will be tomorrow (Thursday), and they would contact me today with the time, so that will bring work to a stop again for a few days, hopefully it will be worth it, to work relatively pain free.

This morning I got stuck in again, and finished the first coat on the table, I am using a small kitchen sponge cut in two to apply the varnish, it leaves no streaks, and to ensure the varnish gets into the joints, I have my compressor on standby with the air pistol attached, then when I have sufficient varnish in the area, I blow it into the joints, in that way, if there is any shrinkage of the wood in future, the unvarnished wood should not show.

Only three coats to go!! I was going to continue with the chairs, but they are covered in fine sawdust, and until the table is dry, I don’t want to blow the dust around the workshop, so that’s it! work has come to a standstill for a few days, I will know when I can start again after my appointment.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 05-05-2016 02:20 AM


I think you’re right! I’ve been working on my continuing education for licensure as I decided to continue a couple more years and Murphy must have been bored with me not in the shop?

Hope the pain gets handled.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 05-06-2016 02:11 PM

Good luck with the studying Tom !

Thanks, the procedure went well, time will tell if it worked!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 05-06-2016 05:19 PM


Hope it went well. Pain sucks! Completed 40 continuing ed hours in about 3 weeks time. I read and write well! LOL! Hope Murphy goes easy on you.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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