Dailey Woodworks

Staining and Sealing Your Woodworking Project is Easier Than You Think!

Many DIYers are happy to paint their projects but freeze when they think about staining it.  Will it look right? Will I ruin it? Where do I start?  Hear is the truth: Staining and sealing your own furniture is easier than painting.  Even if you’ve never attempted to apply stain or apply wipe-on-poly yourself you will get great results if you follow the steps in this Youtube Video.

SEE! So easy only a politician could mess it up!

Here’s the steps and the products I used to finish this Rustic Style Barn Door. 

  1. Always sand your project up to 220 grit: Sand paper I use: Mirka 5-Inch 8-Hole Dustless Hook-and-Loop Sanding Disks
  2. Clean off all the dust with a slightly damp lint free cloth
  3. Apply stain. I like using a brush to get the stain in all the nooks then wipe the extra off with a lint free cloth. The Stain I used on this project is Provincial by Minwax:
  4. 4) Once Dry you will apply a least two coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly, I like Satin:

Now I like to use old based stains and finishes. The results are consistently better than with water based stains and polyurethanes.  If you’re finishing your Wooden Dog Kennel don’t worry once dry it is completely safe.  In fact polyurethane is food safe when fully cured, but I still wouldn’t eat it. Because we’re using oil based products you’ll also want some nitrile gloves and Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits for clean up.

Here’s a Front Door I refinished following this same process but using exterior grade Spar Urethane.

Not quite up to doing it yourself? Well if you’re in the Brazos Valley Area CONTACT ME and I’ll be happy to help make your home look amazing.

If you have any questions or comments leave them below.

How to Restore Old Tool Handles With Coconut Oil

On Pinterest I frequently see pins about using coconut oil for restoring antique wood furniture.  Coconut oil is esteemed to be the all natural, non-toxic, and better way to rejuvenate old dry wood.  Is it just hype? Or does Coconut oil really work for a wood finish?  And would coconut oil work to restore old hickory handles on tools such as shovels, rakes, hoes, axes, and hammers?

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Here’s a Tip for Getting Better Sanding Results

Sanding is no one’s favorite task, but every woodworker knows that it is the most important step in getting a perfect finish.  I’ve come up with a simple and I think clever solution to make sure I sand enough but not any longer than necessary.

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Using an OtterBox to Make an IPhone Camera Mount

Smartphones are great they are a computer, phone, camera, and more that fits in your pants pocket.  The large glass screen also makes them fragile.  Because of their fragility I’ve always kept my phones in a case, specifically an Otterbox.  With an otter box I have never experienced a cracked screen on any of my Android’s or current IPhone.  Once I even ran over my wife’s IPhone that she dropped in the church parking lot with no damage to the phone (It was an accident).

Shop for an Otterbox Phone or Tablet Case on Amazon

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Kickback is No Joke

I’ve been lucky.  I’ve never had a serious accident related to woodworking.  I’ve been lucky because I’ve been careful.  I take my safety seriously, I owe a large part of this mindset to the years I spent doing competition shooting sports.  Many of the rules of gun safety transfer to woodworking.

It’s not news to anyone that the table saw is the most dangerous tool in the shop.  Ok, second most, you are the most dangerous tool in the shop.  Our tools are only as dangerous as we are.

Soap box aside the table saw is dangerous and causes many accidents, all are caused through negligence just as all firearm accidents are caused by negligence.  When you remove all the safety devices from your equipment because it “slows you down” you’re asking for trouble.  I think the very fact that these safety devices slow us down is why they work.

I plan on buying a nice Sawstop table saw one day because it will stop the blade if you touch it. But that doesn’t remedy carelessness or using proper techniques.

Other than cutting your fingers off, kickback can break your face.

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Why Didn’t I Make This Sooner? A DIY Track Saw

In repentance of last weeks post I am showing you the track I made for my circular saw.  This is a crazy simple jig that is worth it’s weight in gold and will forever change how you use your circular saw on sheet goods.

This method works with any circular saw.  The catch is that once you make this jig it only works for that one saw.

I made this jig to work with my Craftsman C3 Circular Saw.  It’s a great little saw.  However, in making this video I realized how badly I needed a new blade.  I replaced the blade and it made a world of difference.

Being a compact 5 1/2 saw I lost to much cut capacity by using 1/2 plywood.  I was able to adjust the jig to work with my Skil 13 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw.  I’ll remake this jig out of 1/4 inch material for my cordless saw.

Another modification I did was glue a strip of 100-Grit Sandpaper to the bottom.  That really makes the track stay in place.  I can get by without clamps now.

If you have the money buy the DeWalt Track Saw. It looks amazing! One day…

Dust Collection? I Scoff at Dust Collection

It seems to be all the rage.  Every popular woodworker on YouTube makes an elaborate dust collection system for all their tools.  Festool guys brat about how great their $9000+ space-shuttle-look-a-like shop vac is.

I learned woodworking during my summers in high school doing construction and remodeling.  Table saws didn’t have riving knifes, nailers didn’t have safeties, your safety glasses were you squinting, and saw dust was what you breathed.  Good times…

Being a competition shooter I learned to protect my eyes and ears quickly.  I normally work in an open shop, not a basement so I rarely use ear plugs.  And I’ve never considered the nonsense dust collection.

You know what I do when my shop floor is dirty?  Cover it with more saw dust!

I’ll admit, I  now were ear plugs when at the band saw and router, but since my table saw set-up is outdoors I don’t feel the need.  I’ve also started to wear a dust mask (helps my allergies greatly).  Dust collection, however, seems to me to be a nuisance and just more crap to fill my small shop with.

At least I used to feel that way.

I picked up a shop vac for cheap from a friend who was moving, I never would have bought one other wise. (Well, it was far down the list.)  The Shop-vac then sat in my store room for a few months.  I would use it occasionally to clean out my band saw, but honestly I’m scared I’ll throw a breaker if I try to use it at the same time as a power-tool.  I only have one 20amp breaker going to my shop.

One day I decided to vacuum out my bandsaw good before putting in a new blade. I happened to vacuum my workbench to, as I had just drilled a bunch of pocket holes.  I then set out to cut dozens of letters from 3/16th hardboard.  I wore my dust-mask, safety glasses, and ear plugs and spent a good hour cutting away.  I have a fan blowing into my shop and a fan blowing out and figure that the dust goes to the floor or is caught in the breeze.  Nope,  When I was done I cleaned my glasses because I could barely see.  I was covered in brown powder.  My nice clean work bench was also covered in dust.  The shelves on the other side of my shop were covered in dust!

I honestly thought my shop-vac was under powered and wasn’t that impressed until the other weekend when I decided it was time to mercilessly go through my scrap pile once again.  There was sand, leafs, dirt, etc. in every corner of the shop. I decided to use my shop vac to clean it up.  Since it wasn’t performing well I decided it was time to clean the air filter.  It’s a single use filter, but I’d have to drive an hour for a filter,  and let’s be honest, there isn’t much 135psi from an air-hose wont clean.  Wow! What a difference that made. I cleaned all my tools, my floors are concrete! (I had forgotten).  The one downside is that I have the 1 inch hose not the 2 1/2 but I’m definitely going to get one when I’me in town next week and start using it.  It’s not that loud but if I use ear plugs like I should noise wont matter.

Yep, I’m converted.  Now I need a Dust Deputy, 100ft of hose, and blast gates.  I’ve seen the light, or rather the floor.


How to Fix a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer That’s Not Spinning

Red Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

It was Saturday.  A nice day of not doing a lot of anything.  For dinner we decided that homemade pizza would be enjoyable.  My wife makes great pizza, she even took a Craftsy course on how to make better pizza dough. She aced it.

Her most prized possession in our Kitchen is her Red KitchenAid Stand Mixer that she received as a gift shortly after we were married.  Being huge fans of carbs and gluten this mixer has made a lot of bread over the years.  The cool thing with this style mixer is you can get an ice cream making attachment, a meat grinding attachment, and more.

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Quick and Easy Wood Vise Jaws

I’ve ruined the finish on several projects over the years a with the metal jaws in my vice.  Replacing the jaws with a non-marring jaw is the way to go.

2014-09-10 17.13.32My solution involved some scrap pine, a hot-glue gun and 5 minutes.  I have a strip of pine that I cut from a 2×4 that is about 3/8″ thick.  I cut two pieces slightly longer than the jaws of my vices.  I then used the hot glue gun to attach them directly to the metal jaws.  The vice is its own clamp so I closed it with moderate pressure until the glue dried.  It seems to be holding up pretty well.  When it fails I’ll just do it again.  I have two metal vices so one still has the metal teeth if I need it.

Hope this helps, God Bless,

PS: Now I have to put my wife’s hot glue gun back in her craft room before she notices again!  

Irwin Light Duty Bench Vise

Mounting Your Phone to a Tripod

It’s probably obvious to a professional or serious hobbyist photographer, but I shoot all of my photos and videos with my smart phone.  Occasionally I’ll use my tablet; my Surface 2 takes very good pictures but it’s unwieldy.  I haven’t had a reason to spend $500 on a good dedicated camera.  I figure a good smart phone produces about the same results as a $150-200 camera, so I’d rather keep upgrading my phone every two years and keep getting better tech.  So if and when I do buy a dedicated camera I want to invest in something that will give good results.

Most phones have a pretty good camera (mine is 8mp) and decent video.  I’m up for an upgrade soon and a Samsung Galaxy S5 with its 16mp/1080p camera is bound to improve the quality of my pictures for this blog, my Etsy Store, and my Youtube Videos.

I recently picked up an unused tripod, and decided to make a base so that I could attach my phone.  It worked great.  I’ve already shot a project video with this system and it was much better than my old system of a barstool, piece of plywood and some spring clamps.

Here is the Video:

God Bless,


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