My coaster experiment.

@TheHorse (201914)
Walnut Creek, California
March 15, 2023 11:14am CST
I'm sure this will be of great interest to all MyLotters. In a recent post I mentioned how the red mahogany stain I use on my coasters had gone almost dry. I went ahead and started a pair of coasters, and the color was unusually dark for red mahogany. I decided to do an experiment: I sprayed some Howard's Orange Oil into the tin of stain. Howard's is my default oil for the work I do on vintage loudspeakers. I wanted to see if it would "loosen up" the remaining stain and make it more liquid. My experiment seems to have worked! The stain is usable again, and the color is slightly lighter than it was when the stain was more of a goo than a thick liquid. I'll attach a photo with the "dark" coasters I'm making on the left and the "stain and orange oil" coasters I started a couple of days ago on the right. The difference is fairly subtle, but it's real. Do you do little "experiments" around your house, just to keep life interesting? Using different attachments on you vacuum cleaner, or peanut oil v. olive oil in your cooking, or catchy titles on MyLot, DOES count!
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@just4him (300776)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Mar
It looks like a success. I experiment mostly with food.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Mar
Heh. I have been experimenting with different kinds of mushrooms recently. Sadly, my mushroom expert piano student has moved back to Mexico for now. I hope he and his family come back.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Mar
@just4him If he returns, I am sure I would write about it.
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@just4him (300776)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
15 Mar
@TheHorse I hope they do too.
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@Plethos (13618)
• United States
15 Mar
i see you stil do the coaster thingy. ive diluted stain with boiled linseed oil (blo) or mineral spirits to make them lighter in color.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
I used boiled linseed oi (straight) on my picnic table at my cabin in Montana.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
21 Mar
@Plethos I have not tried olive oil. Do you think it would work?
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@Plethos (13618)
• United States
21 Mar
@TheHorse - ever try olive oil? i need to try it sometime.
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@wolfgirl569 (91926)
• Marion, Ohio
16 Mar
I would have thrown the stain away
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
I'm glad I kept it. That next set of coasters looks really nice. Plus the grain shows through.
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@rakski (112998)
• Philippines
15 Mar
I usually have my experiment on the kitchen (for food) But your coaster turns out nicely!!
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@rakski (112998)
• Philippines
20 Mar
@TheHorse I am not really that successful in some of my kitchen experiments
@rakski (112998)
• Philippines
20 Mar
@TheHorse not all my experiment turns out well
@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
I experiment a lot in the kitchen as well.
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@RasmaSandra (71638)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Mar
I don't do any experimenting. Glad this worked out for you, I like all the coasters,
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
These guys are fun (and relaxing, as I take my time) to make.
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@JudyEv (321926)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 Mar
I do take a fair bit of care with my titles here and I do really think it helps with attracting listeners.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Mar
I think so too. I suppose my "exaggerated" titles have become a part of my "identity" here.
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@BarBaraPrz (45030)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Mar
I can see the difference.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Mar
I have three pair now anxiously awaiting polyurethane. Life has meaning!
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@celticeagle (156425)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Mar
As usual, you were right. This was very interesting. I see a very clear difference.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Mar
Eh, right again.
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@kaylachan (54526)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Mar
I don't, but my husband has his projects that he wants to do. He wants to patch the lawn and get it full and pretty.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Mar
That sound like a worthwhile project. But not an easy one. I bet blending the old and the new can be hard.
@LindaOHio (149788)
• United States
12 Apr
There's a big difference in color. Good job! My days of experimenting are over since I can't do much. Good to see you. I missed you.
@Icydoll (36725)
• India
15 Mar
Yes i do . Experiment makes our life interesting.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Mar
I think so too!
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@porwest (76396)
• United States
15 Mar
I wonder if you could find a "mini branding iron" of sorts that could burn a small guitar on the bottom right corner of them or even the treble clef. Might be hard and expensive to find something like that though.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
Good idea. Maybe I could make one.
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@Meggan (337)
• United States
15 Mar
I think my life is one experiment away from being a success ;)
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Mar
I am still trying to figure out what my "great invention" is going to be.
@Gotrix (202)
15 Mar
It's great that you conduct such experiments and find new ways to use materials and products! It can be very fun and inspiring. Personally, I also love to experiment with different things in my life.
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@TheHorse (201914)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Mar
Knowledge is power!
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