Wax on, Wax off

Wonder how many reading this will either be too old, or too young to really get the reference?!

I’ve applied another couple of layers (now up to 3), with a steel wool rubdown between 2 and 3

If you’ve been woodworking for a while, you would have heard about 0000 steel wool (and the other 000, 00, 0 etc grades). They are not a license to kill – they are a license to finish.

Steel Wool

There is steel wool that you use to clean the dishes, and then there is steel wool with specific grades, from #4 #3 #2 #1 #0 #00 #000 #0000 in order of increasing fineness.  I haven’t been able to determine a decent correlation between steel wool grades and grit sizes, but #0000 is around 1500 – 2000 grit from what I can determine.  It works well in this sort of situation, smoothing and removing excess buildup, where sandpaper would clog easily.

You have to be careful disposing of it when it has been saturated with oils, as the wire is so fine it burns easily, so place into a container of water to dispose of it.  (Better yet, add some dishwashing liquid which will help breakdown the oil)

Steel wool is also used to polish metals, but don’t use the fine stuff for doing your dishes – you’ll be there for a while!

After 1st Application

After 3 Coats


Watching the layers build.  I won’t do another layer tonight – the weather has not been particularly helpful, so another day for the oil to be absorbed will not hurt.

Are YOU the 200,000th visitor to Stu’s Shed?

As we rapidly approach the 200,000th visitor to Stu’s Shed (and no, my visits do not get counted!), are you the 200,000th? (It will be sometime between now and about Monday evening – currently averaging around 900/day) (If you are not exact, but within a few, give it a try – the closest entry I get will still win, and if it is a tie, I’ll toss a coin or something!)

If you are, (and the counter is on the right hand side of the screen), take a screen shot and email it to me.  If you don’t know how to take a screenshot, try hitting the print-screen button, then open Word, and do “Edit, Paste” (or Control-V).

If that doesn’t work, you could always take a photo of your screen!

Send it in, and I’ll send a (small) prize to you, world-wide!  Everyone is eligible! 🙂

The prize will be a GMC Powered Tape measure.  I know it isn’t a huge prize, but just a bit of fun 🙂

GMC Powered Tapemeasure

GMC Powered Tapemeasure

Oh, by the way, don’t try sending in a Photoshopped image – I have ways of telling them apart…..!!

Update: Looks like we have a tie?!! Will make a new post however announcing the winner(s)!

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