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 In Woodworking Mistakes

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My fiancé and I planned an April wedding. To celebrate our marriage, I decided to turn a very special Easter egg. In addition to segmented rings of maple and ebony, this egg would have a laminated band that matched our wedding colors. Tiny bells placed inside the egg’s hollow center would mimic wedding bells whenever my bride-to-be shook it.

This egg took forever to make, but I enjoyed every minute. I chose spray-on urethane for the finish and polished the surface with fine sandpaper after each coat. The egg looked absolutely gorgeous— until I sprayed on the final coat. This time the finish looked milky white, and it was tacky—really tacky. I was mystified until I looked at the can, and then I nearly fainted. I’d used spray adhesive instead of urethane! Both cans were the same color—I’d grabbed the wrong one and hadn’t bothered to check the label. Doh! Fortunately, I was able to remove the adhesive by scrubbing the egg with mineral spirits and fine steel wool.


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