Legare desk clone #5: I just want to get this finished...

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Blog entry by Roswell posted 08-05-2012 10:56 PM 1941 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s a blog, so I can blab I suppose.

Some SOB commented that I ought go to such and such website to learn how to stain birch ply without blotching. Well, thanks. You should have just asked me if I wanted the red pill or the blue. It all went downhill after that.

Off I go to said website. Wow, this guy is no BS. Nothing fancy, no ego, just what seems to be a lot of practical experience and an easy to follow (cue spending spree) 10 DVD series on finishing wood. It’s not a typo, 10 DVDs on finishing wood.

After getting through just enough of the first two to get me in trouble, it’s decided. I need to spray dye. Okay, where’s a good gun I can afford. Woodcraft? seriously for that little? Mmmmkay, I guess we’ll try it. Wait…how much air does it need. Crap, about four times as much as my pancake compressor can make. Come on Craigslist, come on…Daddy needs a new used compressor. Bingo. A little rehab and we’re up and going.

The dye, the dye, what color of dye? It MUST match. Our father, who art in heaven, please PLEASE let these color samples print on my crappy work printer with some sort of accuracy. Hmmm, that one right there! That’s it. Ring ring, click click, oh COME now Amazon, what do you mean you have every shade except the one I need?. Click, click, smash. Ring ring.


“Hello. I’m pulling my hair out trying to find this powdered dye. I see you guys are a distributor for the company. Got any?”

“Um, it’s not coming up on the computer, but let me go look.” tick tock, tick tock “No, We don’t have it. Have you tryed X, Y, or Z”

“Yeah, I did”

“Well, Just call Jeff.”

boggle “Jeff?”

“Jeff Jewwit. Do you need the number?”

-finally clue in on the ‘contact us’ page. “Nope, I got it. Thanks!”

“Sure. You gotta like Homestead. It’s about the only place I know where you can call and go directly to the owner”

“Cool. Thanks again” click.

Ring. Hello. Yeah, you can probably only get that color directly from me. I’ll have it in the mail today.

Sanding sanding, madly sanding. Faithful sander deserts me. All stop.

Fix sander. Dye has arrived, unfinished furniture carries General Finishes. Arm-R-Seal it is.

What if this doesn’t work? Compressor $150. (80 back, sold pancake). $25 dye, $40 gun, $50 filters and fittings, $30 for topcoat. Huge layout; never sprayed more than WD-40 before. Probably bit off more than I can chew. Again. Crap, need respirator. Tomorrow. Must….finish. Wait. What was that about cutoff and test strips? Let’s do that first.

I think I can, I think I can…

Success Now to build a paint booth.

And, just ‘cause I took em…

-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 05:04 AM

I am terribly sorry. I think it was me that suggested you go to THAT website. i should have read your chart. I was not aware you exhibit extreme OCD. You did get an upgraded compressor, a fine spray gun and some other great toys out of the deal. Your project is going to look great when it is finished. I do however confess or defend my self, I merely suggested the site for you to purchase the sealer he sells. Man viewing that CD set must be time consuming.


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 02:27 PM

You gave me a prescription for sealer without reading my chart? You better hope your malpractice is paid up pal.

All kidding aside, the compressor upgrade was much wanted. My impact gun needed it, and so did my wood butchering addiction. The spray gun works very well in my opinion but it’s the first one I’ve used, so don’t take my word for it. I can monkey with the air and material knobs until I get a reasonable pattern, but it’s probably far from optimal. in fact, I seem to be generating quite a cloud spraying finish with the “HVLP” gun. The dye went on without overspray however. Guess I’d better watch that DVD on spraying finishes…

-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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