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RE: Heirloom Tomatoes (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: patsi on 08.06.2008 at 04:43 pm in Heirloom Plants & Gardens Forum

Sorry to go directly to tomatoes Click Here.

Happy gardening

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clipped on: 10.22.2008 at 02:40 am    last updated on: 10.22.2008 at 02:40 am

RE: Sources of spice jars & spices on-line? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: gizmonike on 10.11.2008 at 12:26 am in Kitchens Forum

Specialty Bottle for jars, Penzeys for spices.

Here is a link that might be useful: Specialty Bottle

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clipped on: 10.12.2008 at 02:22 am    last updated on: 10.12.2008 at 02:22 am

RE: Custom Bookcase Door (cross post) (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: bob_cville on 09.25.2008 at 02:54 pm in Kitchens Forum

The hinges were the most difficult thing to figure out. I ended up going with heavy duty swing clear hinges (from Hardware Source and then carefully placed the frame trim so that it covered most of the hinges. You can see the barrel of the hinge protruding from the right edge of the trim in the first picture above. Note that to get the trim to fit down over the hinge, I needed to route out large notches in the back of the right side trim piece.

The other big difficulty was remembering enough of college trigonometry to figure out how much the sides of the cabinet needed to slope in at the back of the cabinet so that the door would be able to swing open. (In my case the answer was 12.5 degrees)

The total cost for this project breaks down as follows:
$150 - wood (2 10' 1x8 poplar, 1 4' 1x8 poplar, 2 10' 1x3 poplar, 1 4'x8' sheet plywood, 1 pre-primed paint grade door frame)
$90 - swing clear butt hinges
$100 - pocket screw jig kit

I don't have a secret compartment in the bottom of the bookcase, but I think I will put one there that will be accessible from the inside of the closet.

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clipped on: 09.26.2008 at 04:11 am    last updated on: 09.26.2008 at 04:11 am

RE: Can I purchase a Never MT locally? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: mygar on 09.21.2008 at 04:26 pm in Kitchens Forum

I purchased tubing and made my own Never MT. No one-way valve is necessary if you get tubing that fits tightly. I first tried a tubing that wasn't a good fit and tried to use duct tape to get a good seal but I had a similar experience mentioned above where it slid back. I took the soap dispenser piece to Home Depot and tried the tubing on it to make sure that I got one with a very tight fit. I installed in on the soap dispenser and then put the other end into the bottle of soap and it works great. Nothing else was needed although I did tape the tube onto the top of the soap bottle just to keep it secure.

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clipped on: 09.21.2008 at 10:53 pm    last updated on: 09.21.2008 at 10:53 pm

RE: Whats the best way to age copper? (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: jasper_austin on 03.05.2005 at 11:07 pm in Metalworking Forum

Here's the best info I've found on the web:

Green Patina Formula:
2 parts white vinegar, 1 1/2 parts non-detergent ammonia, 1/2 part non-iodized salt

Here is a link that might be useful: Copper and Brass Finish Treatments

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Darkening Copper & Brass (penny brown):
Brown Patina Formula
Hot Water
Baking Soda
Place the hot water in a bottle. Add enough baking soda until it will not dissolve anymore when shaking the bottle.

Application:
Same as Green Patina. This finish is not as powdery and will not need as many re-applications
# Clean fixture with Windex-type cleaner.
# Premix patina solution in Windex-type spray bottle
# Spray Windex cleaner on fixture to break surface tension, leaving it on when you apply patina solution.
# Apply patina solution by spraying onto fixture, preferably in the early evening on a high humidity night.
# Allow to set for 1 hour, then reapply solution observing where you missed applying on the first coat. If there seems to be oil that is repelling the patina solution, clean it off with the Windex cleaner.
# Allow to sit overnight. In low humidity desert areas, use a plastic bag to create a tent over fixture (without making contact with it) to help keep the humidity high during curing. If there is low moisture in the air, the solution will dry out without creating the patina effect.

clipped on: 08.30.2008 at 02:48 pm    last updated on: 08.30.2008 at 03:02 pm

RE: Whats the best way to age copper? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: Rosemarino on 02.16.2005 at 04:20 pm in Metalworking Forum

There is a company called Modern Options that sells a patina solution at crafts/arts stores. They have a website modernoptions.com and they do sell at big stores like Michael's and The Home Depot (California locations, at least.) Anyhow, they have various colors and they do sell the verdigris which I have used. I am an artist and I do copper drawings on huge sheets of copper foil, and have been all around on this subject, finally having some wisdom to share! If you don't want to use that approach (the modern options) you can make a solution of salt dissolved in vinegar. brush or spray the solution on CLEAN copper--clean with a lemon dipped in salt, and then immediately wash with soap and water and do not touch with bare hands. The oils from your hands will make the patina not stick. By the next day there should be a good patina on your surface. You can spray with water to stop the patina process, but make it a gentle spraying. This will also show you what color the roof will be if you decide to spray with lacquer. The lacquer will change/darken the appearance of the patina.
All the best!!!

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clipped on: 08.30.2008 at 02:37 pm    last updated on: 08.30.2008 at 02:38 pm