I bought a piece of 6/4 red oak that I'll use for a threshold. I'm
matching to wood that has recently been treated with Thompson's water seal.
Do I go with Thompson's on the threshold, or do you want to finish it
off differently as it's going to be the thing that everyone steps on.
Thanks for your comment, and cheers,
Its a poor performing product but has tremendous name recognition
because the company has spent a fortune telling everyone how great it is
(instead of actually making a good product). Lots of folks need to be
told what to buy. Big companies/big box stores have the warchest to do it.
Years ago Consumer Reports tested the stuff and gave it a 'Not
Recommended'. The company never changed anything, just kept bluffing
their way through the market; one can only guess why they weren't sued
for fraud. But the product containers are very well done.
You can likely make an equivalent product yourself with a couple bars
of paraffin wax dissolved in a whole lot of paint thinner. Can't
imagine why you would want to use it on anything important, though.
Finish it same as if it were a wood floor -- it is.
Red oak in particular being so porous needs a paste filler/sanding
sealer before staining and finishing to fill the open pores.
Use a good quality floor varnish of your choice; polyurethane or no.
Right. (It sometimes takes me a bit to get my head screwed on the right
What kind of paste filler? Are you my english friend from
comp.lang.fortran? If so, you might not know what Lowe's and Home Depot
are and might not know our brands.
I shaped it roughly tonight. Gave it a cursory sanding on all visible
surfaces. I chucked up the bit for the router and thought i might forge
ahead, but I thought/think I want to take some time before I do that.
These clients are out of town now, so I can experiment a little to find
best methods before needing to execute.
I'm trained as a union carpenter who now needs to scab because he can't
lift a ton of rock every day any more and needs to keep a roof over his
head, so they didn't ever teach us anything about paint. I have a
What makes stain, varnish, and polyurethane different? Which can you
mix? What do you have to apply first?
I'm the same dpb but I've no clew why you'd think I'm a Brit...but, I'm
in farm country in SW KS far removed from places largest enough to have
the Borg's so I've no clue what brands they carry, sorry...
I'd guess anything they have of a recognized manufacturer will be
Here's a link that has a decent discussion of the ideas in what you're
See above article for an adequate description of process.
Stains or dyes are precisely that; colorants for the purpose of adding
color. They're not finishes at all. They will be marked as to which
topcoatings are compatible over them.
Here's an article on various finishes -- primarily from a woodworkers'
viewpoint but the basics of the finishes themselves is no different.
For a threshold, if it's exterior door, I'd use an exterior hard poly
varnish that contains UV-resistant agents; for interior I'd use an
interior floor varnish.
I'm glad to have another kansan to chat with. I also believe you're
approximately 73 year old. Am I close on that one?
I'm gonna go with mineral spirits:
I have found that the best thing is to use the finish itself to fill the
pores. Take some of the finish you are going to use and reduce it about
25 percent with the proper solvent. If you are using oil based varn. or
oil based poly, use mineral spirits.
You have to go through kansas to get from utah to ohio or vice versa.
You can go through wyoming, but I decided that was a little too "alpine"
for my tastes, with a female co-ed possibly at the wheel.
I treat kansas like iowa: I'm always looking for the best route no one's
ever heard of.
ok. they did a stat in c.l.f. about that. I think I was Lane Straatman
and 41 years old. You must be approximately 19 years my senior.
I was able to get the surface I needed through routing sanding. Applied
"natural" stain. Light sanding and exterior on monday.
Have a nice sabbath.
(Thank God we don't have to work all the time.)
If you're not in a rush to get anywhere, take US 177 from about
Manhattan south through the Flint Hills including Cottonwood Falls on to
the follow US 160 west along the southern edge that will lead you to the
Red Hill country in Barber and Commanche counties...
Particularly recommended in late spring after the burns when the new
grass is simply gorgeous...
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