Sunday, September 07, 2008

Take Me To Your Leader

Take Me To Your Leader
My friend loaned me a respirator... and dude? I *want* one! (Dear Santa...) Breathing through it was surprisingly easy, and I didn't smell the acetone at all. The Darth Vader sounds were entertaining, and even though it got all drippy inside, it wasn't at all icky. The seal is great and comfortable too! No, I'm not loopy on fumes. (Well, I don't *think* I am...)

Here's how things looked when I started tonight:
Before Tonight
and when I finished:
After Tonight
Can you see the difference? No, not the light levels. And yeah, the drawers are now empty of stuff, ready for refinishing, but not that either. No, ignore the fact that the tools and stuff are in different locations. Look closely at the upper left corner and the trim around the top... can you see a difference yet? No? *sigh* Well, there is a difference, although minor.

Here's a close-up on the corner that spent the most time on:
Tiger Oak
The corner in the bottom right has pretty much all of the glue stripped (an area about one square foot), and the spot to the left of that corner is mostly stripped. This is going to take much longer than I had initially budgeted. But I think I'm okay with that.

I'm beginning to wonder if maybe those black stains *are* ink, rather than iron... although I'm not sure it'll make much of a difference in how to attempt to remove (or at least minimize) them...


Shelley Noble said...

YAY! My cockles are all warm --whatever they are! I'm so happy to see you got use of a great respirator! Aren't they FANTASTIC!? I feel so much better doing stuff with one on, like I can make things pretty without harming my health!

You've made Safety Nag veeeery happy!

GO GET'EM, Make that desk gorgeous! Rah rah rah!

Anonymous said...

Ha... Great post. Looks like a North respirator to me. You can get them pretty cheap online.

noricum said...

Thanks for the tip!