Posts Tagged ‘woodworking’

Super Glue Adds Shine & Protection to Woodworking Projects

June 18th, 2012
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[Photo Credit:  Hunt Chat blog]

We’ve often heard from woodworkers that super glue can be used as a great finish.  Check out this picture to see what a difference a couple of coats of super glue and some sandpaper can make to an unfinished piece of wood.  Imagine a cool knife handle or piece of wood sculpture with this sheen!  The super glue not only brightens up the finish, but it soaks into the porous wood adding some internal strength as well.

Hunt Chat blog does a good job of taking you through the process of how to apply the super glue, and use sandpaper and steel wool, to give this beautiful glow to your woodworking project.  Check it out!!

Chestnut Trees Preserved As Wood Art

August 22nd, 2011
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chestnut-wood-202x300 [Photo Credit:  Wikipedia]

Prior to 1904, Chestnut trees played a huge part in American history, providing a major source of food and shelter until, according to Wikipedia, chestnut blight was first announced in New York.  “Within 40 years, the near four billion strong American Chestnut population in North America was devastated … Today, they only survive as single trees separated from any others (very rare), and as living stumps, or ‘stools’, with only a few growing enough shoots to produce seeds shortly before dying.”

Today, The American Chestnut Foundation has as its mission: “.. to restore the American chestnut tree to its native range within the woodlands of the eastern United States, using a scientific research and breeding program developed by its founders. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species – and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species. 

In 2005, we harvested our first potentially blight-resistant chestnuts. We are now in a phase of rigorous testing and trial, in both forest and orchard settings. It is our confident expectation that we will one day restore the chestnut to our eastern forests.  The return of the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members & volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.”  According to the Foundation website, scientists are working to engineer a tree with American Chestnut characteristics from the blight resistant Asian Chestnut.

Meanwhile, Americans are cherishing the last remnants of the original American Chestnut trees.   Recently, Joanie Cradick, in an article for the Lincoln Journal Star, reported that “Nearly 110 years after the fungal blight … members of the Great Plains Woodturners Club in Lincoln are working with wood salvaged from four dead chestnut trees at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City …. Some of the turned items will be selected for permanent display at the Nebraska Forest Service headquarters on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus and at Arbor Lodge Park.”

Working with the wood is a bit of a challenge.  The wood is durable, but “tends to split and warp more the older it is harvested” according to Wikipedia.  In fact, according to the Lincoln Journal Star article, Great Plains Woodturners’ club president, Terry Salvage said …”it was a strong wood that he would call ‘loose-grained’ … The fibers are a little farther apart, which makes it a little more difficult to turn.”  Some club members use “super glue to seal the cracks”. Cyanoacrylates, or super glues, are often used by woodworkers to fill cracks, repair splits, reattach splintered wood pieces, and even as a finishing coat on the entire wood artifact and would be especially useful when working with these treasured remnants from the American Chestnut tree!

Woodturning is an art, and in this case, a very important art, indeed, as it is preserving a little bit of American environmental history that might otherwise be lost forever.

Zap-A-Gap: Glossy Wood Finishes That Look Like Glass

September 27th, 2010
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Knife-1-300x225[Photo Credit:  John Pauza]

Look at the radiant finish on this custom knife handle.  You will be amazed to find out how the glassy smooth finish is achieved.

The artist, John Pauza, says he uses our specialized hobby cyanoacrylate, Zap-A-Gap, “as a crack and defect filler, but also as a finish on wood”.  According to John, “I make custom knives and have learned to apply a light coat of  “Gap” with a paper towel, allow it to dry, wet sand smooth with 600 grit paper, then buff with green rouge.  With practice this process creates a hard protective finish that looks like glass!  Incredible stuff!”

We think YOU are incredible, John!  Thanks for allowing us to share your story, and these amazing pictures, with our readers.  We have heard that many woodworkers use Zap-A-Gap to protect the wood, but we’ve never seen such beautiful examples. 

Take a look at these beautiful knives John created with his most unique process:

	Knife-2-300x225Knife-3-300x225Knife-4-300x225.Knife-5-300x225[All Knife Photos Credit:  John Pauza]

Bet these knives could carve a pretty cool pumpkin or two!  Happy Fall, Everyone!!

Sculptors Like Super Glue’s Strength and Instant Set Time

August 31st, 2009
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One of our customers, Chuck, wrote in to tell us about his unique woodworking hobby and how super glue helps:  “I’ve been sculpting various vessels lately, from bowls to candle holders, starting from multiple glued-up layers of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and then carving the build-up with various power tools, from chain saws to grinders to disk sanders.  Obviously I require Super Glue’s strength here, because the glue joints undergo considerable stress during the tooling, especially as the wall of a vessel becomes thinner and thinner.  But a more important advantage of Super Glue is the almost instant set time.  Clamping these many layers all at once with normal woodworking glue would be extremely awkward, inaccurate, and time-consuming.  Whereas with Super Glue I can add layers one at a time, squeezing each new layer with my hands for the specified 15 seconds, almost like using contact cement (but faster, and with re-positioning briefly possible).”

[Super Glue Blogger’s Note:  Super Glue Corporation sells contact cements, and wood glues, but we can see how super glue would work best for this artist’s uses.  Instant adhesives do save time and add strength at the same time.  Thanks for the tip, Chuck!!]

Miniature Sleigh

July 21st, 2009
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Miniature Sleigh

And eight teeny-tiny reindeer? This post shows off some expert woodworking and a common use of super glue wood glues.

Read more: Miniature Champion Valley sleigh – by Bryon McGowan