Category Archives: Fast-Drying Polyurethane Aerosol

A Mountain Wall Shelf

1. Boards

Living within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I was inspired to turn these two 1″ x 4″ oak boards into a wall shelf with a mountain theme. What I liked about this project is that you can make your shelf and your mountain design whatever size you want.

2. first mt

I cut my bottom board 22 inches long, then cut some shorter boards to create my first mountain. As I mentioned, this is your chance to be creative, experimenting with different sizes and shapes.

3. second mt.

I then created my second mountain peak at the opposite end.

4. last mt

Two more boards, and my three peaks were complete. I used both wood glue, and short nails, to hold them together.

5. stain

For this project I selected Minwax® Gel Stain in “Coffee,” applied it with a brush, then wiped off any stain the wood did not absorb. Once it dried, I protected the wood with two coats of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane in an aerosol can.

Hero

Once the last coat had dried, I hung my shelf on a wall and used it to display some of Leigh Ann’s antique bottles.

Be sure to check out Minwax’s new “Made With Love. Finished With Minwax.” campaign currently going on. The theme is ‘Find. Finish. Love.,’ celebrating the thrill of finding real wood pieces – sometimes in the least expected places – and the joy of making them into something we love.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

 

Make Your Own Magnetic Knife Rack

I love browsing through my local craft supply stores, where I picked up this unfinished pine plaque, along with some small magnets, for an idea a friend had eliven to me.

I measured out some equally spaced holes, then drilled down to the depth of the magnets, using a drill bit the same diameter as the magnets. (Tip:  if you want to avoid drilling, you can attach the magnets with glue.)

Since the pine lacked color, I decided to stain it using a new Minwax® Gel Stain color – “Coffee”, as it would help disguise the dark magnets while still allowing the grain to show. You can stain the wood either before or after drilling the holes.

After a coat of aerosol Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane had completely dried and cured, my magnetic knife rack was ready to mount on the wall in our kitchen. As you can see, the larger knives cover the magnets completely.

As another option, I took this old, worn cutting board, no longer suitable for kitchen use, and did the same thing to it, drilling the holes and inserting the magnets, making a unique knife rack for you or someone you need a special gift for.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

A Quick Spraying Tip

I love the aerosol versions of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane and Minwax® Polyshades® for touch-ups of worn spots on older furniture, but sometimes I don’t want the over-spray to land on adjacent parts. As a solution, I keep pieces of cardboard handy to protect any parts I do not want sprayed. And the great thing about the cardboard is that it is easy to cut, shape, and trim to fit around awkward pieces. Give it a try!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

 

 

Small Project = Small Clamp

Sometimes large pipe clamps are just too big for a small gluing project. I was making a picture frame in my garage and found these small spring clamps, which are perfect for gluing strips of wood around the outside of my frame. Notice how the rubber tips protect the wood from the metal jaws? Once dry, I’ll stain it with Minwax® Gunstock Wood Finish™, then spray on two coats of aerosol Fast-Drying Polyurethane before hanging it on my wall.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce