Friday, April 30, 2010
Jamee from Homemaker asked a terrific question about what kind of finish to use on outdoor furniture in extreme climates. I wrote a post on it. You can scroll down or click here to read it. After you read it, make sure you go see Jamee and say hello. If you have a question, please ask. I am always looking for interesting things to write posts on.
Next, I have started a Link Party Directory! If you are doing a weekly link party, you need to get on my list, by trading party links with me.
Tools Are For Women Too! will be holding it's first link party on Monday. Be sure you drop by for that.
Yesterday , I wrote about possibly trading guest feature posts with a few wonderful craftswomen. If you are interested, let me know.
I have also added a feature on my sidebar called " Every Girl Needs A Little Extra". Check it out.
And finally, later today, I will be writing a Feature Friday post where I highlight a few pretty great blogs, that I visited this week.
Whew! Makes me tired just thinking about all this stuff.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
(Mineral Spirits will do in a pinch but Naptha will speed up the drying time.)
Mix all 3 product together. You can shake it if you want to.
Apply to your clean, sanded surface, with a rag.
Wait 10-15 minutes. Then wipe off the excess finish.
Dry enough to handle in 15 minutes. Cures in about 24 hours.
That's really all there is to it. This is more of a wood preservative than a finish. It will need to be reappled every year or two, but it wont crack or peel.
I want to thank Jamee for her great question. Her teriffic blog is called HOMEMAKER . Please give her a visit and say hello.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If you are looking for the best possible result, zero sanding marks, and don't mind spending countless hours sanding, a sanding block is the way to go. This one is available in our online store and it is very inexpensive. I consider a sanding block to be a staple item and is something that no respectable woodworker should be without. Click Here for details on this 3M Sanding Block.
Now, for those of you who hate sanding by hand, don't have the patience of a patron saint, and will settle for great quality, instead of pristine and flawless, you are going to need a power sander. One of the companies making power sanders that I like a lot is Milwaukee. The Milwaukee name has always had a great deal of respect within the woodworking industry, with a reputation for tough power tools. This Milwaukee 6021-21 Orbit Palm Sander is no exception to the rule. It is lightweight, easy to use, and is a tough little guy. Orbital sanders like this one are mainly designed for smaller projects and finish sanding and this model does that job very well. It has variable speed and comes with a case and dust collector. Sandpaper changes are a breeze with the hook and loop style pad. For those of you who want a lightweight, easy to use sander, for small to medium projects, I recommend the Milwaukee 6021-21.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1.) Varnish, Polyurethane, and Lacquer. Stay away from all of these. These types of finishes often contain solvents that just plain are not good for you. They will also scratch easily when using knives and forks on them. The finish that gets scratched off has to go somewhere and you are probably better off if it doesn't end up in your salad, or as seasoning for your steak.
2.) Tung Oils. Tung Oil is used fairly often for bowls and spoons, but I recommend staying away from Tung Oils as well. Here's why...Although true tung oil is considered a natural product, it is actually derived from a nut bearing tree. Some people are very allergic to nuts, especially children. So, why risk it?
3.) Shellac. I am a huge fan of shellac, but not for finishing wooden food related items because shellac is very soft and does not hold up very well. I don't like having to get out my shellac brush after every meal. The good news about shellac is that is is pretty safe if ingested. Shellac is sometimes even used to coat candy with in order to make it shiny.
4.) Mayonnaise, Cooking Oils. Here is the thing about using food products. Food can spoil and cooking oil can turn rancid. Don't use food products.
Here is what I use for putting a finish on a cutting board, wooden spoon, or wooden bowl. It's called "mineral oil". It is non toxic enough that it is often sold in drug stores as a laxative. I do not know of anyone who has had an allergic reaction to it. It wipes on easily, and can be reapplied whenever you feel the need. It will also not darken the wood like other oils will. A little goes a long way. I can generally finish 20 spoons with a pint of it. Mineral oil also has one more thing going for it too. It's really cheap. The bottle shown is under $3.00 in my online store.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Some lucky woman out there is going to win a sterling silver necklace! It could not be easier to enter. Just become a follower of Tools Are For Women Too! and you are automatically entered into the drawing. That's all there is to it. As soon as the 100th follower joins, I will put all 100 names in a hat and draw the lucky winner.
To my blog writing friends I am also going to give away a second sterling silver chain to make it even more fun. Here are the rules for the second necklace:
1.) Put Tools Are For Women Too! on your sidebar and I will throw your name in the hat.
2.) Announce my giveaway on your blog and link to it and I will throw you name in the hat again.
3.) Do a feature post about my new blog and I will give you a 3rd entry, a big hug, and my undying gratitude.
Then all you have to do is leave a comment about what you did, so I know how many times to enter you into the drawing. As soon as I have a total of 100 entries I will draw the lucky winner.
Have fun and good luck!
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