Sunday, July 10, 2011

Look Mom, No Nails! Challenge with Gorilla Glue Contest

I was one of the winners of the contest. And received a very cool prize.

Thanks to Gorilla Glue and Lumberjocks for the prize!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Makita GV5010 5-Inch Disc Sander

For an upcoming job, I needed a 4 amp sander for removing  purposes. I couldn't afford afford the Festool Rotex sander, so I bought the Makita GV5010 5 inch sander instead. I will do a review on it next couple of weeks.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Water Based Stain

For the water based stain, I will be using Earth Pigment S.O.E. Blue and Lavender Blue

I added about 1 1/2 of spoon of each color into the container.

For the binder, I will be using Gorilla Wood Glue. You can use any PVA glue you want. I added about 2 1/2 spoon of glue.

Mix Well.

I then added water.

Filter it clean in another container.

Finished stain.

Difference between Black China Bristle and White China Bristle?

Oil base or Alkyd primers and finishes require natural filament blends for the best results. Although some synthetic brushes say "For All Paints", they can't beat natural animal hair.
Synthetic brushes loose there shape in oil base paints and primers, an oil paint brush must be stiff enough to hold its shape and soft enough not to leave to many brush marks.
Brush manufactures use a blend of different natural bristles to change the softness and stiffness. These blends are Black China bristle, White China bristle and Ox hair brushes. All of these natural bristle types can be combined with each other or with synthetic filaments.
  • Black China Bristle Paint Brushes - Black China bristle brushes are perfect for use with oil base paint, primer and enamels. This type of natural bristle brush has the stiffness for cutting in a straight line and thicker hair for holding more paint.
  • White China Bristle Paint Brushes - White China bristle brushes is a great choice for varnishes, polyurethane and stains. White bristles are finer than Black China bristles and provide a finer finish. Watch out for cheap white bristle brushes. They fall apart very easily.
  • Ox Hair Blends - Clear wood finishes require a very soft brush for the best results and Ox hair blends are the softest, the perfect varnish brush. Usually a blend of Ox hair with white bristles, black bristles or synthetic filaments for stiffness.
These brushes cannot be used with latex paints or be cleaned with water this will ruin the brush! Never use a natural bristle brush in water or water based products. Natural bristle paint brushes absorb water and loose their shape, becoming imposable to control.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

How To Make Stain

Home Made Stain

To Make stain you will need the following products:

  • Artist color tubes or powder pigments
  • Boiled Linseed Oil or Tung oil will work also.
  • Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner.

If your using the oil based artist color, then you do not need to add the boiled linseed. At the factory they added it already. Just mix it with mineral spirits or paint thinner.

I will be using Earths Pigment Light Sienna and Natural Black

You can order their $29 pigment kit from their website.

Introductory French Pigment

I added about 3 1/2 spoons of light Sienna and 2 1/2 spoons of Natural Black

 Then I added 1-tsp of boiled linseed oil.
I also added mineral spirit or paint thinner.  You can add more pigment if you want more stronger color. You can add more mineral spirit if you want lighter color. It's up to you. 
Mix well.

Filter it Clean in separate container.

And Stain. 
VoilĂ !!!
Finished product

Welcome to StevenH Woodworking!

My name is Steven Hsieh.
I am a wood finisher, graphic designer, sculpture artist, and woodworker.
I've created this blog to provide some knowledge mostly in wood finishing.