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Old 07-01-2010, 12:11 AM   #1546
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I don't know about anybody else, but I'm amazed at how much of it you finished in one day. It's unbelievable. I thought it would take at least a week.

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I don't know about anybody else, but I'm amazed at how much of it you finished in one day. It's unbelievable. I thought it would take at least a week.

Barb
It's a good thing that it stays light enough to work outside until 9 at night! Otherwise I wouldn't have got anywhere near that far.

I put the rail inside for tonight as there is a chance of showers...and I don't think I would be a very happy camper if it got wet!
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Happy Canada Day fellow Canucks from the WET coast.

Yup..it's raining!
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While this delightful rain continues - as it apparently may do for the next two days - I will get the last coats of varnish on some more of the deck posts.

If you add Japan dryer to the last couple of coats, you get a harder surface to the tune of something like 25%. That is significant enough to make quite a difference. Plus, of course, the varnish will dry faster.
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About two years ago I picked up a new pad for the Porter Cable sander, but I couldn't get the old one off to replace it.

After yesterdays efforts, and the resultant loss of yet more of the rubber backing from the pad, I finally decided I just had to make the change.

I had previously made up a skinny wrench to fit the nut behind the pad, but was quite unable to remove the old pad, no matter how much I beat on the thing!

It finally dawned on me this morning that if I were to clamp the pad in the bench vise, that it should come off.

Yes, it worked. But I was surprised at how far I had to turn the nut before it was movable with hand power.

I think I got my moneys' worth out of the old one!
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I suppose the sander came with a wrench to change the pads, but since I've had this one for maybe 20 years, I have no idea where it may be now.

Here's the one I ground down from another wrench...there sure isn't much room between the pad and the R/O assembly.
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Happy Canada Day Keith!!!


And MAN....are you FAST! Impressive!
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And MAN....are you FAST! Impressive!
Thanks Tracy...maybe too fast for my own good.

I finished sanding the rail with both 180 and 220 grit, mixed up some 10% thinned varnish, and proceeded to spill it all over the wall, me and the floor...with very little managing to land on the rail!

So, if you heard the colourful language that followed, my apologies.

I mixed up some more and the first thinned coat is now on. As with all first coats on cedar, it looks terrible.
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The deck posts have all received a good sanding before their final coats. I used 180 followed by the tack rag for that.

The use of the tack rag just before you apply the final coats removes even the smallest dust particles.
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Colorful language, huh? My husband can make rainbows.

Off topic:

Have you ever made round frames with wood? I see you can bend it, with certain kinds of wood.

I'm so wanting to frame a drawing of mine(drawing looks like the Titantic---I did for my daughter's prom 15 yrs ago) and I want the frame to look like a ship's wheel, but I can't find anything like it that is the size of 15 1/2 X 15 1/2. It's for my handicap brother's bathroom. I wanted to give it to him as a gift for his birthday and he has a nautical theme going on in the bathroom.

I'm not familar with wood saws/lathes and such, so I wouldn't even know how to talk about it!

You can PM me Keith. Just thought I'd ask an expert!

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Rainbows eh? This I have to see!
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About your round wood frame, there are several ways you could do that.

It is quite possible to bend thin wood into a circle of that size, but it would likely be easier and quicker to make the circle from solid wood. And there are a couple of ways to do that.

With a traditional ships wheel, the rim is made in segments, the number of those segments depending on the overall size of the wheel.

Or, you could glue up some wood until it was large enough to make the circle from and then cut it out with a jigsaw.

I will make you a couple of mock-ups so you can see how it works.
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This morning the weather has kept us guessing, so it has been inside work again.

I hope to be getting the infill done on the stairs near the tub deck. It's going to be easier if I pre stain them as opposed to waiting until after the boards are on.
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But what has really occupied my day since the wee hours has been trying to get that handrail in place and properly fastened.

Since this is the first spiral I have done, it is all a learning process. Usually, wood doesn't hold too many surprises for me, but this time was different.

Wife number two very kindly helped me to maneuver the beast into place, and I attached a single clamp to hold it.

I reasoned that it should be easiest to start the fastening process from the top of the rail.

After screwing the first bracket on, I was somewhat mortified to discover that the next one was way over an inch out of line! Whaaaaaat?

I tried pushing and shoving and a few other unmentionable stunts which didn't work either, and finally ended up by driving a 3 foot long board between the post at the top of the stairs and the railing.

Understandably, I was a bit nervous about this. I put about half a dozen layers of towel between the board and the rail and started pounding it into place. It took a few tries, as the board objected strenuously to this treatment, but finally it stuck.

Quick like a bunny I got that second bracket screwed on and proceeded to knock the 3' board out. Phew! It stayed in place.

Naturally, this meant that the next one had moved too far in the opposite direction! Can't win...can we?

OK, but this was way easier to fix...just drive a wedge between the rail and the wall.
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Once you have a couple of brackets fastened, logic would dictate that everything should line up.

Not this time Josephine!
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