I like to try and have a theme for all my videos but when it comes to subscriber submitted tips, it's hard because it is so varied, but today I managed a bit of the theme with glue and finishing ... 

Watch it on Youtube: https://youtu.be/AvAdj4TA2Bw

One thing I have found in the past few years of doing these tips videos is just how much some product differs from country to country, even with countries. For example in the US, someone in California is purchasing 2 part epoxy glue in bottles whereas someone else in says Georgia can't find it in bottles, only in squeeze tubes and different brands altogether... but no matter, we all have a pretty good idea what how these things work. 

And here is the first example, my buddy Bill and I was exchanging ideas a few days ago then he emailed me a picture of how he stores and uses his 2-part epoxy. He purchases his in squeeze out tubes, which I have never seen in my part of the county, if I want slightly larger quantities I need to purchase in these kinds of tubes. All that means for me, it's harder for me to demonstrate what Bill does, but you get the idea. But it also gives me a chance to talk about shoe glues in general as a tip. I have been using these in my shop for a couple of years now, not often, but sure handy for gluing things most other glues will not bond to for one reason or another. I don't love it, it's sticky and a wee bit messy, but it dries with quite a bit of flex which means it's not brittle. This works great for things where you might need some "flex" and holding power at the same time. The glue comes in a tube and I find it only has a decent shelf life of about a year or so, but it's still useful for certain things ... and, it even repairs shoes. 

Woodworking Glue Holders

This tip was sent in from Jack, who says that water-based paint and polyurethane finishes, like Minwax Wipe-On Poly, will not stick to these "Oikos Yogurt" containers. I tried some polyurethane finish and I found that it did sort or cling to the sides, but that no, it does not bond with the container. What this means is that after the finish is dry and hard, some of the finish may continue to stick to the sides but it can be removed ... with a bit of effort. My hope was that it would simply just flake right off when dry, but this does not seem to be the case. My only caution here is no matter WHAT container you may be re-using when it comes to FILM FINISHES like varnish, polyurethanes, lacquers, shellac, and paints ... make SURE your re-uses container is clean. It is not, you risk painting on little tiny flakes of dried up material onto your newly finished job and making a whole lot of work for yourself ... as I said in the video, I learned this the hard way, so I pass this along so you can learn from my mistakes.

Wood Finishing Containers
Now we get to Roland and his Lazy Susan, which was a leftover from a previous kitchen/dining location, which he is now re-purposing as a "finishing turntable".  This is a good tip, but if you do NOT have an old Lazy Susan around, you can purchase this thing for a few dollars, or you can even make your own using a turntable mechanism. I have made a few of these and they come in a variety of sizes and are an easy, handy thing to make whether it's for the workshop or the dining room.

Woodworking Lazy Suzen

Here is an example of a turntable / lazy susan mechanism available form through the Woodworkweb Amazon store,
available in different sizes and styles some details HERE


OR ... 
You can get inexpensive workshop turntables for painting, they are especially handy for spray painting like THESE
from the Woodworkweb Amazon store (not a versaspin, but similar)


Next is a tip from Scott who is sharing an idea for storing air nailer pins. Scott says that Plano, an American company that makes high-quality plastic storage containers for Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Boating, and other outdoor activities, is a great place to store and access your pins. I am familiar with Plano and I know their products are excellent, but I know they are also a bit higher in price, but after I thought about it for a few minutes and figured out just how much I have invested in all sorts of lengths of air nailer pins, and make-shift holder I have now if I accidentally knocked that on the floor and how many would get broken, dust-covered, etc, and quickly I decided that paying a wee bit more for an excellent case is probably worth the money ... next time I am close to my local outdoors store, I will check in to see what they have and report back ...  

Woodworking Air Nailer

An example of a Plano storage container that might work for you on the Woodworkweb Amazon store, HERE 
and there are others, try searching for - fish hook storage - to see what else you might find ...


Harley sent in this tip and it's something I have done for a long time but I don't think I have ever mentioned it in a video so thanks Harley for bringing it forward, and the tip is, if you are using CA glues that come in these little bottles like Starbond, those nozzles can get clogged with dried glue. The best way to keep them clear is when you turn the bottle right-side-up, wait a moment, then give the bottle a little squeeze and if there is any glue near the tip of the nozzle, it will be expelled, then simply wipe off the nozzle and the glue and you will be assured of an easy flowing glue next time you use it.

CA Glue for Woodworking

And there we have lots more great tips ... thanks to everyone for taking a moment to send those in 

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