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    It doesn't have to be complicated, honest. But...

    It doesn't have to be complicated, honest. But if the weather is poor now I'd focus on finishing by hand indoors. Depending upon your tolerance for stink, you can apply shellac and many WB and oil...
  2. As long as I pay attention to what I'm doing I...

    As long as I pay attention to what I'm doing I don't have problems with SealCoat running. For your purpose you don't need a full, wet coat, you just need to create a barrier. Your gun should work...
  3. If you can scuff sand it I'm pretty sure you can....

    If you can scuff sand it I'm pretty sure you can. But why not just spray a coat of rattle can shellac first and eliminate the risk? If that's not possible I would try it on scrap first, wait a day,...
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    Solvent based varnishes often are really thick to...

    Solvent based varnishes often are really thick to meet VOC limits. The exception is wiping varnishes like Arm-R-Seal. It has a very low viscosity and requires no thinning for most applications. ...
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    I've never been a fan of extra thick finishes. ...

    I've never been a fan of extra thick finishes. Bennett's on the right track by thinning it, but I wouldn't use 15% Extender. I'd try 5% water and 5% Extender and see how that goes and adjust as...
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    Nice job Tom to bring some family heirlooms up to...

    Nice job Tom to bring some family heirlooms up to snuff. Is that a tool chest? My tools would refuse to work if I housed them in that luxury.

    John
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    What did you apply it with? Looks like you...

    What did you apply it with? Looks like you should use a softer brush.

    John
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    The fly in the ointment of your list is cooler...

    The fly in the ointment of your list is cooler temps and less than ideal conditions. The only finish tolerant of almost any condition is shellac, which sprays great but is not all that protective. ...
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    Stearated or not, doesn't seem to make a...

    Stearated or not, doesn't seem to make a difference with any finish I've ever used. I think Flexner or Jewitt studied it once and concluded stearated sandpaper had no negative effect with WB...
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    Well, gee, if anything is fair game then: The...

    Well, gee, if anything is fair game then:

    The feeling of skiing in 2 feet of fresh powder when your tracks are the first of the day.

    Witnessing ice sublime when you are out at -20F and the RH...
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    The feel of a well tuned handplane as it takes...

    The feel of a well tuned handplane as it takes off a gossamer thin shaving.

    A project that turns out exactly like I had envisioned it months before.

    The anticipation of what's inside a log...
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    I've had a machine like the Grizzly and now I...

    I've had a machine like the Grizzly and now I have a W&H. No comparison. The W&H is much easier to set up and change knives on. It looks too simple to work well, yet the moldings it makes hardly...
  13. Ok, with that added input, definitely apply more...

    Ok, with that added input, definitely apply more coats of finish. It should look much better after another 2 or 3 coats.

    John
  14. If the varnish is the root of the problem it will...

    If the varnish is the root of the problem it will go away as you add more coats. However, it looks to me like the wood itself is what's causing the uneven stain absorption. I know you said it...
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    I put up a temporary spray booth in my heated...

    I put up a temporary spray booth in my heated basement shop, with exhaust out a nearby window and make up air from another across the shop. There is so much mass in my shop between the concrete...
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    If you want to spray waterborne enamels you need...

    If you want to spray waterborne enamels you need a pressurized gun. Turbines will do the job because the cup is pressurized but I see no advantage to a turbine rig unless you need portability. They...
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    For about the same money as it would have cost to...

    For about the same money as it would have cost to retrofit my straight knife J/P with a helical head I bought a used dual drum sander. It has no trouble dealing with tearout and is the best tool...
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    from GF's Website: Stir General...

    from GF's Website:



    Stir General Finishes Seal-A-Cell to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before use.
    Thinning: Do NOT thin.
    Apply 1-2 coats.
    Use only...
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    Glenn and Jim, it's clear from your photos that...

    Glenn and Jim, it's clear from your photos that those walnut pieces have faded, yet mine have not. The clock I showed pictures of hangs on my living room wall and gets daily indirect sunlight from...
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    I can't argue with your photos, Jim, but I've...

    I can't argue with your photos, Jim, but I've never seen any lightening in color of the walnut pieces I've built from local black walnut that I milled/dried myself. I have a clock and a large bowl...
  21. Hot hide glue certainly is different, and has...

    Hot hide glue certainly is different, and has some unique properties, but I've never had any problems with liquid hide glue for joinery. It works as well as yellow glue for new work with interior...
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    From the expert: ...

    From the expert: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/knowledge-centers/wood-dr/correct-thickness-44-and-84-lumber

    John
  23. Not all epoxies are structural adhesives, but...

    Not all epoxies are structural adhesives, but several are. Go to Systems Three and West Systems websites. A wealth of info. at both. I've only used System Three's T-88 for the exterior doors I've...
  24. For minimal color change blonde shellac or...

    For minimal color change blonde shellac or lacquer will do a nice job of bringing out the highlights. For a little more grain accentuation, you could dye it then sand it lightly after it's dry. ...
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    I though it might be cherry but wasn't sure...

    I though it might be cherry but wasn't sure because of the fleck. Pretty unusual and awesome stuff. Oh yes, I've been to Certainly Wood just outside East Aurora. It's a 50 mile trip each way but...
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