of grooves to hold a panel in place, put the moldings on the exterior side of the door. Epoxying them to the door frame on a stained door avoids nail holes. For painted doors, prime the backs of the moldings before installing them.
Bill McCarthy Architectural woodworker Ricgclsvillc, PA
1 occasionally use small amounts of hot hide glue, but I'm always throwing away batches of it after it starts to spoil in the pot. Is there any trick for preserving this stuff?
Bob Wert Red Head, FL
©There's a tip I picked up from gilders, who use rabbit skin glue in their work. This is an animal glue like hide glue, and both are subject to forming mold, which spoils the glue.
I use a commercial glue pot to heat the glue, but I replace the big inner sleeve liner with a smaller glass jar. (If you don't have a glue pot, heat the jar in a pot of hot water on a stove.) After a work session, I let the glue cool, then put a lid on the jar and pop it in the refrigerator; it will last for several months.
You can also mix a large quantity of glue in a glass jar, heat it to a cream-like consistency, cover it and put it in the refrigerator. After it cools to a gel-like state you can scoop out as much as you need for a particular job, put it in a smaller jar and heat just that amount.
Chris Storb Furniture restorer Riegelsville, PA
My homemade wax of carnauba, beeswax and turpentine is now dry as a bone. Will turpentine and heat bring it back to a workable paste?
Mark Smallwood Boise, ID
O Waxes have an almost indefinite shelf life, you can rejuvenate your mixture with turpentine, mineral spirits or VM&P naptha. You may get away without reheating if you break up the wax cake first and stir it well with your solvent. If you use heat, do so carefully in a double boiler and watch it closely— the mixture is highly combustible.
Experiment with different solvents to get the workability you want. In general, naptha evaporates more quickly, while mineral spirits or turpentine will produce a wax mixture that provides more time for rubbing before buffing.
Michael Dresdner Finishing consultant Nazareth, PA
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