STL286: Finish sprayers—Turbine or Compressor?
Mike and Ben welcome new associate editor, Amanda Russell to the mix, and discuss sprayer options, magnets, and what other craft skills translate to woodworking.
From Thea in Amsterdam:
I have been a subscriber to both Threads and FWW. I know your wife is a fiber artist. I wonder how you guys feel about this video.
It doesn’t seem to be true to me but I suck at both woodworking and sewing so I guess I’m not the person to ask.
What I do think, is that hobbies with a technical AND creative component all have similar challenges. Wood has seasonal moisture challenges, fabric has give. When you weave, you probably have limitations based on the size of the loom that you also have with planers.
You and your partner, do you learn tricks from each other? I don’t know, how to do mitered corners or use up scraps or learn new skills. I noticed when I started woodworking it was sometimes easier to do certain things, like plan a project and use up wood efficiently because I used those skills already when sewing. I guess my question is: are there any universal skills between fields? Do you learn from each other?
I’ve had a cheapish sprayer that’s recently died. It was great for throwing paint at walls and fences and was adequate at spraying shellac at furniture, but I found that even at its lowest setting, it would run through an entire 500ml container in minutes – I would only spray outdoors, but I guess most of the shellac ended up as overspray.
Recently this sprayer died and I’m looking at replacing it with something a bit better. It seems the options are a compressor-driven unit or a much more expensive multi-stage turbine unit.
Can you talk about the differences between all these types of sprayers? For me, I’d like something that was a bit more economical on the amount of wasted finish and allows better control of what I’m spraying.
My shop is fairly well set up with cordless tools (battery nailers etc), so I don’t really want to get a compressor for what would be a single-use tool – this is making me lean towards the turbine setup, but I’d like to know a bit more about the advantages/disadvantages of each.
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I recently changed from a knife block in the kitchen to a wall mounted magnet bar to save space. Could I buy one? Sure. Could I make one out of nicely figured walnut or maple? Hell yeah! That said, let’s do it really well and have fun.
Two questions: 1. Any outside-the-box wood suggestions that will wow the eye when you pull the knife off? 2. Ben, what’s your preferred source for really strong bar magnets? I know you’ve talked about it on a previous episode but cannot find that snippet for the life of me. Aside from the knives being high quality, some are also irreplaceable. Years ago I nearly lost a toe and broke the tip of a knife when it fell off the wall… I like my toes and I’d hate to live that again due to inferior magnets.
Ben’s favorite website for magnets: https://www.kjmagnetics.com/
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Mike used a word I have never heard before. Man'new'cha. I don't know if I'm even spelling this right. What is it? What does it mean?
Welcome Amanda, I enjoyed hearing about your woodworking experiences and look forward to your future participation on the podcast.
Helpful as most always! Enjoyed having Amanda aboard. Thanks for the input on sprayers. I've been thinking I need one... and learned that for my work, I really don't. Good info.
I disagree with the comment that sewing is less precise than woodworking. My wife sews. both clothes and quilts. She is very precise almost obsessive about being precise. What you see in sewing, just like woodworking is that when you are not precise, the end product is sloppy.
I concur based on 30-years observing the resident quilter in our home. The parallels are fascinating - design, measuring, cutting, layout and assembly. One of the fundamental abilities is visualizing the three-dimensional outcomes from a two-dimensional plan. And I can attest without reservation that quilting has a greater precision threshold; if the parts don’t come together perfectly the option is to live with the flaw or remake the piece. In woodworking, a loose tenon can be salvaged with a piece of veneer; pieces can be faired with a hand plane and/or rasping and sanding. And there is always filling small gaps in dovetails and finger joints with CA glue and wood dust. If the points of a star design in a quilt block don’t meet exactly, try again. Compliments to STL for an interesting discussion. Looking forward to more.
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