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Marine Varnish - needs a good base

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Marine Varnish - needs a good baseMarine Varnish needs a good base to prevent cracking due to variation in timber moisture and because of weather, or so I'm told…We had an old Oregon spar which needed some TLC.So we used WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Resin 105 an Hardener 207Here's a short video of what we did – https://youtu.be/LcMhJhdEl4IAnd here's the finished product – ready for a coat or two of marine varnish!



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Ahab's shelf

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Ahab's shelfor a one-legged table. Because of my day job, I usually hate naming things and I'm not good at it.My wonderfully patient wife identified that the stuff I like keeping by the door was taking over the kitchen counter. Since this is a high-traffic intersection, a small freestanding shelf would get bumped and knocked over frequently. And I have an irrational aversion to mounting a shelf or two to the side of the cabinet. So I grabbed some scrap wood and threw this together.It's unconnected to cabinet, wall, and trim by nestling between two of them, and I screwed a wedge into the underside of the counter to secure the top of the upright. Tried a few new-to-me things:

Made my share of mistakes, none of which detract from this shelf's utility. When using tea dye be sure to heed Swirt's warning to avoid blotching. Also, I can see that the pocket hole doodad will be useful in some cases, but isn't likely to dominate my future techniques.


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