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Carloz

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01-14-2018 05:57 PM

Have you ever spoiled an almost finished project that you spent $$$ for wood and month of work because when staining you decided to save that extra piece of paper towel?
Or splattered polyurethane all over the same expensive piece because you decided to use those last few ounces of polyurethane from who know how old can before opening a new one ?


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William Shelley

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 06:48 PM



Have you ever spoiled an almost finished project that you spent $$$ for wood and month of work because when staining you decided to save that extra piece of paper towel?
Or splattered polyurethane all over the same expensive piece because you decided to use those last few ounces of polyurethane from who know how old can before opening a new one ?

- Carloz

Yes, but usually I have an even dumber reason for ruining an almost finished piece. Like drilling a hole for hardware in the wrong spot. Or dropping the piece on a corner, or dropping something on the piece.

I do buy a lot of “used” finish at my local Habitat Re-Store (secondhand building materials store). It’s hard to pass up a gallon of spar urethane for $2-3. I try and remember to test it first because yeah, sometimes it’s exceeded it’s shelf life or was stored improperly.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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LesB

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 08:51 PM

The finish is the crowning glory of most projects and not usually an expensive part of the overall cost. So, there is no excuse for being thrifty at that point. Use those old left overs someplace where it doesn’t make any difference. I never finish a fine wood project with products that are over a year old, and that includes the glue.

-- Les B, Oregon

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 09:01 PM

When I buy stuff I put a piece of tape and write the date I got it. This way 8 years later I don’t think, “looks okay I just got this stuff must be good.” Because while my memory is pretty good, it is the recall button I have issues with some days/weeks ...... okay years…

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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socrbent

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 11:01 PM

I love the Beal buffing system. It takes a finish (at least one of mine) to a beautiful level. However I’ve banged up a piece by putting it in the wrong position and getting a catch which throws the piece from my hands and whacking it against the lathe bed creating a ding in an otherwise flaw free piece. Aaaaargh!

-- socrbent Ohio

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Dark_Lightning

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 11:03 PM

Yeah, I have a lot of cans of finish that are probably ready for disposal, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. We have a household waste round up coming. Guess I’ll get in on that.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 01-14-2018 11:25 PM

I had a customer tell his wife she was so cheep she looked over her glasses to keep from wearing them out .

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ArtMann

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#7 posted 01-15-2018 07:48 PM

Not in a long time.

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 01-15-2018 08:51 PM



I had a customer tell his wife she was so cheep she looked over her glasses to keep from wearing them out .

- a1Jim

Heh, I know people that when they get angry, it seems they could burn holes through the lenses with their glare.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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DMiller

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#9 posted 01-15-2018 10:09 PM



Have you ever spoiled an almost finished project that you spent $$$ for wood and month of work because when staining you decided to save that extra piece of paper towel?
Or splattered polyurethane all over the same expensive piece because you decided to use those last few ounces of polyurethane from who know how old can before opening a new one ?

- Carloz

Yup…did it just the other day.
I was turning a french rolling pin for a client; thankfully I hadn’t invested anything in the project but time. I had just finished sanding and was attempting to cut the edges down from 22 to 20 inches in prep of cutting it off the lathe. I had finished cutting down the second edge, and when I went to pull the chisel back, I didn’t watch what I was doing and set it right into my spinning pin. I ended up having to cut the rolling pin down by two inches, and consequently making a new 20 inch pin because it was too short. O well, I guess I have an extra pin to sell. And the second pin I made turned out even better. lol.
Here is the project: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/357865
Thanks, Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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Richard

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#10 posted 01-16-2018 12:46 PM

Just checking from Carloz Homepage to see if the 9 Comments made it through without the “WARNING”. Apparently they did!

EDIT: Just tried to go in again from “Forums”. No “Warning” this time. It’s not on here. So, just so you know. This is it. I PUT IT HERE FROM MY FILES!

Don’t Anyone lose any sleep over it! ...LOL../

NO! Carloz! I’ve never done any of that Dumb Stuff! (While I’m Here!)

Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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