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by robgil
Tue May 12, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Monumental Boo Boo, Creocote!
Replies: 1
Views: 379

Monumental Boo Boo, Creocote!

I am building a solar collector, its has to be black, I found some black wood stain in the shed (left there by previous owner) and painted it on, turns out its Creocote! Its oily and smelly and doesnt dry very well. Can I paint over it? I need this to be matt black, ive read barn paint will work but...
by robgil
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Touching up/repairing old polyurethane?
Replies: 0
Views: 2927

Touching up/repairing old polyurethane?

I have a large chip in some polyurethane that I need to repair, I need to fill it in, the original has yellowed over the last 40 odd years to a golden honey colour. If I fill with new polyurethane will I have to tint it to get it to match the existing? Im not after an invisible repair, just want to ...
by robgil
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Hand Tools
Topic: Squares
Replies: 7
Views: 6040

Re: Squares

Are you saying that cheap squares might not be square.
by robgil
Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Sanding discs,
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: Sanding discs,

Thanks Keith, the more I read into it I think you are probably right, sanding the polish off is probably not the way to go. Would meths remove the stain underneath? I want to remove as little as possible.
by robgil
Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Sanding discs,
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Sanding discs,

I just bought this , http://www.axminster.co.uk/makita-bo5041-random-orbit-sander-950839 and need to order some discs for it, as with everything I assume some will be better than others, any recommendations? Also, grits? I have two jobs to do, first is to sand a teak garden table and chairs, they ha...
by robgil
Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:07 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Oak Frame Repair
Replies: 11
Views: 3654

Re: Oak Frame Repair

Firstly you don't ''splice'' new timber in, you use scarf joints, the type of scarf joint will depend on factors such as loading etc. Never use PU as said above, use lime. You mentioned render? Only use Lime , if you use cement the Oak becomes sacrificial. That sole plate is kaput, you have two opti...
by robgil
Tue May 31, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.

Ive had a proper look at it and now believe the top to be Mahogany, its Pine lined with a Mahogany board ontop. That will make things much easier. I cut some beading from Sapele today at work and now I just have to shape it, I'll cut some new drawer runners during the week and then I should be able ...
by robgil
Mon May 30, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Problem with linseed oil.
Replies: 7
Views: 3060

Re: Problem with linseed oil.

mtr1 wrote: there is a difference I think boiled has added driers but maybe someone more knowledgable will pipe in.

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You are right, boiled linseed oil is not boiled, it has solvents added to enable quick drying times, raw linseed oil takes weeks to fully cure.
by robgil
Mon May 30, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Problem with linseed oil.
Replies: 7
Views: 3060

Re: Problem with linseed oil.

Why pine? You really need to be using hard wood like Teak for a garden bench. Linseed oil for me only gets used on Oak.
by robgil
Mon May 30, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Help! Advice needed for drop leaf table resurrection
Replies: 2
Views: 1357

Re: Help! Advice needed for drop leaf table resurrection

That looks like Oak to me? I doubt its veneered. If Oak boiled linseed oil will bring it up a treat, it will also leave it a very workable/useable table, hot cups etc wont do any harm to it. I have a large Oak table in my dining room finished with boiled linseed oil, I put hot pans etc on it with no...
by robgil
Mon May 30, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Power Tools and Machinery
Topic: Budget table saw.
Replies: 0
Views: 1287

Budget table saw.

For light use, cutting furniture beading etc. I have some antique furniture that needs repairing. I don't need a huge cutting depth but I do need a clean cut, it has to be able to cut accurate hard wood slithers at around 4 mm thick for c*ck beading. It has to be cheap as I wont do a lot of work wit...
by robgil
Sun May 29, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Re: Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.

Here are some photos. http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/Chest%20of%20drawers%20restoration/DSCF1136.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/Chest%20of%20drawers%20restoration/DSCF1137.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/Chest%20of%20drawers%20restor...
by robgil
Sun May 29, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.
Replies: 2
Views: 1401

Georgian 3 drawer chest, need to bring it back to life.

Hi guys, I was hoping some of you guys might help/advise me on my restoration of this chest of drawers? Its Georgian, probably Circa 1780 (possibly later), its Mahogany , Oak lined drawers with Pine in the carcass. Sides and drawer fronts are solid Mahogany but I'm not too sure about the top. The to...
by robgil
Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?
Replies: 5
Views: 2233

Re: Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?

Thats a nice job. I'm waiting for the frosts to clear before attempting to finish this as the brick plinth needs rebuilding and Lime doesn't take too well to frost. It's an external wall and I will need to fix the render when I am finished. I shall get some photos up when I start to rebuild the plin...
by robgil
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:11 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Home made polishes and cleaners?
Replies: 0
Views: 960

Home made polishes and cleaners?

I do a fair bit of refinishing antiques and was wondering what you guys use? Not removing the patina is important to me. Currently I use beeswax mixed with turps and usually apply it lightly with steel wool then buff it up. Sometimes this still comes up quite dull like a matt finish, pretty good on ...
by robgil
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thanks Keith, I have since read that spray polishes can damage a shellac finish so I wont go there, a soft cloth has done the trick.
Thanks again.
by robgil
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Re: Glue for chair legs?

I have six of them all in various states of repair. I have done one now, I disassembled it , cleaned the joints and luckily found that all the joints were still sound. I used Evostick and it seems to have worked a treat, a clean and rewax working the wax with wire wool and its good for another gener...
by robgil
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Size of cooker hood - advice please.
Replies: 16
Views: 6189

Re: Size of cooker hood - advice please.

Usually its the ducting that makes the noise, you could try insulated ducting.

E3dit to add - You also need around 1 meter of ducting on each side of the fan to avoid any whooshing sounds, this must be straight. An acoustic box around the fan would also help.
by robgil
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thats good to know Kieth, It's very handy being able to tap into a good source of knowledge when needs be. Its been a good few months now from finishing and I reckon the shellac has cured enough to be able to stand up to a polish. What would you guys use? I know shellac can be softened by some polis...
by robgil
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Re: Glue for chair legs?

Here is a photo or two, might help to see what I am dealing with. http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/DSCF2304.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/DSCF2305.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/DSCF2306.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/rober...
by robgil
Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Re: Glue for chair legs?

Thats exactly what has happened, how can I remove the old glue?
by robgil
Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Re: Glue for chair legs?

I shall post some up later when I get the kids off to bed, I went down to my local hardware shop and they wanted a tenner for a small bottle of Evostick :shock: , I gave it a miss. One of the drawbacks of living out in the sticks I guess. Thank god for internet shopping.
by robgil
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Re: Glue for chair legs?

Thanks fella, I read this in the description. For regular cabinetmaking PVA adhesive is the best choice; but for fixing loose joints where disassembly is not an option Chair Doctor Glue is the most suitable Disassembly in this case is the only option as the chairs have disassembled them selves. Woul...
by robgil
Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Glue for chair legs?
Replies: 16
Views: 4994

Glue for chair legs?

Hi guys, I have a couple of antique Elm kitchen chairs that are basically falling apart. I have tried gluing them with a PVA type glue but they just fall apart again after a few weeks.
Can anyone recommend a good strong glue that I can use for my chairs?
by robgil
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thanks guys, it was a really good learning curve for me, the whole process was fascinating and even though I am nowhere near as good as a pro I still really enjoyed it. I was quite surprised at the amount of skill required to get a finish like this , I can only imagine the skill involved in polishin...
by robgil
Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

I read on the net that some prefer drying oils and some dont, my choice in oil was brought on with my fear than linseed oil might colour the shellac, although thinking about it the tiny drops of oil probably would not have made that much of a difference. Anyhow they are all done now and back togethe...
by robgil
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thanks Nick, I built up a good base coat of polish over a period of 3 or 4 days then let it cure for five days, I wet sanded it flat with 1200 grit paper then applied my final coats of polish. It looks good , very flat, nice depth to the polish with a good colour and a nice gloss finish however ther...
by robgil
Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:14 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

The grain is starting to fill nicely, I am building up the shellac then wet sanding with 1200 wet and dry. When I am done I plan to rub the finish to a high gloss, what is best to do this with? Should I go down to 2000 wet and dry and use an oil lubricant? Or is rottonstone or some other liquid/powd...
by robgil
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

No I dont think it will, every time I sand and polish it the open grain is still there. I just sanded them down and I can still see it. I suppose it is too late now to use a grain filler.I have read that apparently even if the shellac does cover the grain there is a chance that in time the air in th...
by robgil
Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:52 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: What to do with Rio Rosewood
Replies: 12
Views: 3389

Re: What to do with Rio Rosewood

You could veneer around the outside of your flat screen telly to give the illusion that its a family air loom that granny used to watch.
by robgil
Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Right then guys , my progress so far. I put a coat of shellac on there then sanded back with 1200 grit wet and dry to a nice flat finish, there was still some open grain though. http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/hi%20fi/DSCF1566.jpg http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore...
by robgil
Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

I have been looking at you tube,I watched some guy using an actual rubber as in a pencil eraser wrapped in cloth. There is lots of good info out there though. I remember the first time I tried to french polish , I used yacht varnish in the rubber and needed more oil than varnish, I had to polish it ...
by robgil
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?
Replies: 5
Views: 2233

Re: Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?

These studs are compression , there should not be any side to side movement. When I say tight fit what I mean is I have cut the half laps joints in both the studs and new timber but no matter how good I think my marking up is when I offer the two up they never fit nice and snugly , I usually have a ...
by robgil
Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

I was also told this on another forum, the thing is as I sanded the wood got lighter so I am not so sure the wood was bleached, I'm no expert though so I could be wrong, perhaps it was a combination of both the wood and finish losing colour?. How do you guys put on a first coat of shellac? Do I need...
by robgil
Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?
Replies: 5
Views: 2233

Scarfing new timber into old oak/elm studs?

I am trying to restore a 16c cottage and it's getting to the timber frame repairs now. I need to replace a 5' long sole plate and scarf new timber to the bottoms of three studs, they are either oak or elm, these particular studs were possibly put in place around 1760 so I'm thinking elm, the ceiling...
by robgil
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Here are some photos of my progress. Speakers taken out , wires cut so I know how to rewire them. http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/hi%20fi/DSCF1549.jpg Holes masked off, http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k9/robertgilmore/hi%20fi/DSCF1552.jpg And sanded. http://i84.photobucket.com/a...
by robgil
Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

I have had another go at this this morning. When I rubbed the finish with meths or cellulose thinners I was getting brown gunk coming off, I thought this was just dirt. There was another finish under the gunk that was not coming off. I think over the year someone has polished the cabinets or oiled t...
by robgil
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thank you I will have a read up on it, I just tried another test patch with the nitromores, it didnt even mark it. Nothing. So , I tried some Polycell extra strong paint stripper, it is a tan coloured paste, still nothing. I tried terps , white spirits , meths , and still nothing. Nothing seems to s...
by robgil
Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:34 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

Thanks for the input guys, would a cabinet scraper damage the veneer at all? I tried several different solvents to try and soften the finish, I tried meths, white spirits, turps and then cellulose thinners. None of these solvents touched it, nada. Could it be water based? The speakers were built in ...
by robgil
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?
Replies: 40
Views: 11735

Re: I need some advice on speaker cabinets please?

I have decided to French polish them, my problem now is getting the old finish off. I have tried sanding but the finish seems to be deep into the veneer and I dont want to go through it. I have just done a test patch with nitromores and although it worked it didnt do such a great job. Any ideas? I l...