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Old 05-14-2011, 11:46 PM   #4666
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Here are the finishes I've been using. I'll check with the local sources for the Minwax pre-stain tomorrow.

There is supposed to be a photo here if I've attached it correctly. First time.

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The post looks really nice Keith.

Have you ever heard of rubbing a damp cloth on wood before staining it? I was told that on small areas it works well. A lady in the paint dept at Lowe's suggested it, so I'm not sure how effective it is.

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Here are the finishes I've been using. I'll check with the local sources for the Minwax pre-stain tomorrow.

There is supposed to be a photo here if I've attached it correctly. First time.

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Yep...well done...photos are fine.
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Looks like the photo attachment works. Below is a photo of the project. These photos were taken before final sanding and the application of the finish. It's a box for my 12 yr old grandson to hang on the wall in his bedroom to store his misc. toys in.

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The post looks really nice Keith.

Have you ever heard of rubbing a damp cloth on wood before staining it? I was told that on small areas it works well. A lady in the paint dept at Lowe's suggested it, so I'm not sure how effective it is.

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That might work providing you were using a water based product.

I think most stains are oil based and oil and water don't mix any too well.

She might have meant to use a damp cloth to raise any grain. Then you wait for the wood to dry and then sand it lightly to remove any such raised wood.

Personally, I wouldn't apply any finish on damp wood.
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Looks like the photo attachment works. Below is a photo of the project. These photos were taken before final sanding and the application of the finish. It's a box for my 12 yr old grandson to hang on the wall in his bedroom to store his misc. toys in.

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So it looks like the two doors close in front of the drawers, yes?

Make sure to twist that one drawer pull straight before you give it to him!

Nice job so far. Are you going to put a stain on it, or just the Varathane?
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Yes, the two doors close so he can lock it. I finished it with the clear Varathane. It's now at his house. The pulls were a last minute creative project. I stacked two pieces of the Lauan ply and glued them to the box, so they're positioned at different angles because I didn't use a template. Hand crafted I think it's called.

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Yes, the two doors close so he can lock it. I finished it with the clear Varathane. It's now at his house. The pulls were a last minute creative project. I stacked two pieces of the Lauan ply and glued them to the box, so they're positioned at different angles because I didn't use a template. Hand crafted I think it's called.

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Kinda nice when you can do something for the grandkids, isn't it? It's something he will always have and cherish from his grandpa.
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Several days ago, we were treated to a pod of Killer Whale's passing by our place. This is only the second time since we've been here that we have actually seen them.

So I ran to the cabin to grab the camera and one thing I can tell you for sure is that these guys can move like lightning! Boy are they fast.

By the time I got the camera - barely a minute I would say - and put the telephoto lens on, the next time they surfaced they were past the end of Ruxton Island, about 1 1/2 miles away.

I clicked the camera a whole bunch of times, but at that distance it was pure luck that anything showed up at all.

The two here show a couple of the whales surfacing and one shot of them blowing as they first surface. We think there were 6 or 7 whales in the pod.
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And then on the evening of the 16th we had a so-so sunset.
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Other than that I have been trying to get the art glass wall done at the top of the stairs.

After much machining of wood, cutting of glass, priming and painting of wood and gnashing of teeth, I finally managed to get started on the wall the day before the grandsons and their mum arrived for the May long weekend.

As usual, it's a bit difficult to get any sort of decent photo but here's a few of it going together.

As you can see, it went up in rows, or sections if you will.
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I was quite anxious to get enough height into the wall before the boys arrived, as one of the purposes of this thing is to keep them out of the bedroom, just in case they decide to take a Superman style leap through that big hole in the floor.

Here we are with three sections done and working on the fourth.
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Thanks for posting the pics! It must have been exciting to see them swimming out there.

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Here's the almost finished product with all four rows done.

As you can see, there is one piece of plywood which is unpainted. The piece I had left over for this was just one inch too short to fill the hole, so I had to use an unpainted piece to get the job done.

Not really a problem, just a damn nuisance. I have it undercoated and the first topcoat on now. Second topcoat goes on tomorrow and that's it for that wall.
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Thanks for posting the pics! It must have been exciting to see them swimming out there.
It was a heck of a lot better when they were right out in front! The missus got to see them as well this time. She told me that there was one big male with a very tall fin - there is usually one such animal in every pod. I didn't get to see that one unfortunately. Maybe next time.

There was a small pod (maybe this one) seen over in Vancouver harbour about a week ago. A few photos have surfaced on the web from that one.

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