Putty Trick with Finish Nails
Here is a trick that can be used when you are using finish nails. Before
you start with the hammer and nails, first apply a strip of masking tape where
the nails will be. Then hammer in the nails, or pre-drill for the nails
and then hammer and set the nail heads like you normally would.
Then, force the putty into the holes and then
remove the tape. The small bump of putty that remains can easily be sanded
when it dries and you will not have a large ugly blotches of putty residue to
Excellent Polyurethane Application
Discarded pantyhose or nylon stockings make an excellent application for
urethane or polyurethane finished, particularly on contoured surfaces or
turnings. Just wad them up, dip the ball in the finish, and wipe it on. You
get a nice, smooth, thin coat that dries fast and has few if any bubbles.
As wood ages, the surfaces that are exposed to light and air tend to grow
darker. (Only walnut and mahogany grow lighter.) This phenomenon helps to give
antique furniture its lustrous patina. When making reproduction of antiques,
you can create an artificial patina by applying a 10-percent solution of nitric
acid (available from most chemical-supply companies). Let the acid soak into
the surface of the new wood for several minutes, then warm it with a heat gun.
As the temperature of the surface climbs, the wood will suddenly turn dark.
Continue to apply heat until the wood surface is dried thoroughly. When
applying the acid, be sure to wear rubber gloves and a full face shield. work
outdoors or in a well-ventilated room.
I've found two uses for plastic grocery bags in painting projects. They're
useful for wrapping a wet brush up in to keep it from drying out if you intend
to use it later in the day. And the smaller sizes make excellent gloves to keep
paint off your hands while painting or handling freshly painted objects.
Round Back Chair
Chair & Footrest
Wine Barrel Adirondack
Chair - Medium Size
Chair & Footrest