Want to see some of the very best woodworking on
a different level ???
Check this out:
My hat is off to this guy...
Please make note of the material.
Apparently even crocheting can be expensive
http://crochet.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=crochet&cdn=hobbies&tm &f &su=p445.92.150.ip_&tt&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.brainsbarn.com/Allen
Menards has had their Performax mini-lathe on sale for around $100
recently... A couple knitting needles should be easy to turn. (A
crochet hook still isn't complicated, except for the hook at the end...)
Not sure about the yarn...but it sounds like I'm spinning some. :-)
You can only do so much with caulk, cardboard, and duct tape.
To email me directly, send a message to puckdropper (at) fastmail.fm
Goes to show ya that it all boils down to a man and his tools. Skill and
imagination can perform wonders, even on a tight budget. Reminds me of that
old Stewart Brand Principle, "Never confuse a lack of funds for a lack of
Granted...(I'm a awful finishing guy.. but I'm learning)
The ideas this guy came up with are beyond my normal
scope of operations. I was wondering if the finishing
bubba's were taking a look at those pictures....
I guess the reason I posted that link was the whining
I see here about how terrible mdf is and how it can
not be used for any "real" woodworking.
I have seen some unbelievable projects done with MDF.
This was just another one.
B A R R Y wrote:
The idea _is_ fantastic. I didn't mean to downplay the overall finished
project, I really like it, and it shows great effort.
It's the time and effort he put into the finish that makes it special,
the actual techniques aren't difficult at all, they just require
The beauty of a painted finish on MDF from a novice's standpoint is that
practice material is really cheap, and it can all be done with cheap
tools, easy to find materials, like Bondo, auto body primer, sanding
blocks and spray cans! <G>
I agree, the finish "is" the project. Without that fantastic
paint job, it would be neat, but "with" a little paint and
sanding, "wow" is the only thing that comes to mind.
I hope it inspires more people to look at finishing at all
levels. It certainly did it for me.
I have a few of those "just mdf" cabinets I use for tool
storage and they would sure make a good candidate for this
type of finish.
Maybe you can give some pointers on how to proceed with
paint on mdf ???
B A R R Y wrote:
My favorite is a spraying of BIN or auto body primer, followed by Bondo
on the edges. Once I've used coarser grits of sandpaper, files, etc...
to smooth the Bondo, I sand the whole thing to 220, 320 or 400. I spray
it again, and sand again w/ 400. By that time, the part is usually
ready for a spray of enamel or lacquer. If not, I do one more spraying
of primer followed by 400 grit.
When applying the primer, you'll want to sand most of it off, except for
the final primering (with the 400 rub).
Once you're in the color coats, you can sand with 600-800 and recoat.
Grab some stuff and play, you'll like it!
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