Sunday Coffee Thoughts…

coffee loves meLong underwear, heavy socks, long sleeve shirts, coats and hats are necessary now. Last night hit 9 degrees Celsius and in another day, it will be 12 degrees during the day. This is perfect weather and Boza and I love it…

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All hunters are out in full force this morning, but either they killed all the ducks (No, still a bunch left,) or as our famous “Gay Duck” is doing, hiding in the reeds. He went through this last year and knows to stay low and safe. Looks like he taught his friends to do the same, for this morning I heard a bunch of them making very low level quacking noises in the cattails and such. No practice flying for the next week or so. The hunters will basically be done by next weekend on Sunday. They are mainly weekend warriors…

I wonder if we can weaponize the ducks as they could be classified as rebels and maybe we can arm them to fight back? Just a thought…

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Walking Cane...
Walking Cane…

I have been looking for the perfect wood finish. Most finishes, unless you use oils, will scratch off of a finely sanded wood project as you use it. Then you leave a light colored spot. Now I realize that there is good finishes to penetrate and solve most of that issue, but expense is a problem for me. Money does not grow on trees and priorities have to be set. So what ever I do to finish wood products that I have worked on, needs to be reasonable in price to do and kept in a jar with a lid to use until all gone…

I created such a finish…

First off I discovered the idea of using coffee and teas as wood stains. I worked on that and perfected how to mix and apply just right, coffee and tea solutions. It stains beautifully and you are able to have degrees of stain ability from light to dark, all according to your desires…

The cane on the left is a medium height waking cane. More length than a standard cane, but not a staff or walking stick. It is a left handed version only. I was surprised by that, but after looking at it, I should not be, for the bends are conductive of that hand usage…

Now coffee alone just does not do the job. There needs to be something to deepen the depth of staining and lasting ability of the color. I grew up with a grandma who made everything herself. I knew about oil and vinegar to redo wood floors with and it works, just plain works. I myself use to care for my wood floors with vegetable oil and vinegar and the results were always amazing. Now if you have poly floors and other synthetic such finishes, this will not do the job, but real oiled and finished floors, this is the key…

Therefore after studying the internet for several days and seeing coffee as a stain and even tea as a stain for wood of all types, in variant degrees, nothing about mixing coffee, oil and vinegar. Oil and vinegar many such cases of doing that, but with coffee, No!

I stain the cane above with coffee three times. Then I took the coffee and experimented. I use one part coffee (Strong as an ox version!,) one part 10% vinegar and one part oil. I lid the jar and shake real good. Then shake as using it and dip a rag and just wipe the wood down. I let dry for a few minutes and then with a clean towel, rub it down. Rub hard and let sit for 10 minutes in the shade. Then reapply three times more. The final application, just allow to dry completely and then later, buff as hard as you can with a clean cloth…

The vinegar makes the oil penetrate and yet dry properly, the coffee adds more stain and is not necessary if you stain with coffee alone, I wanted a darker cane…

So, soak wood with coffee, until as dark as you like, then apply vinegar and oil, that will seal the color and allow a slight satin effect to the wood once buffed. The resultant effect is a none slippery dark colored wood and it smells just like coffee only, for once the vinegar drys the odor of vinegar goes away…

Now coffee will not penetrate some woods as well, thus if you use the mixture I said above, the vinegar helps the coffee to penetrate and the oil also. Then as it drys, the color is left behind, with a oil that has been preserved by the vinegar…

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Well I am going to stick with Windows 10, it is no more intrusive than Windows XP through Windows 8.1 and contrary to the “Doom Sayers,” all Windows products phone home. Either get use to it or learn how to turn it all off and block everything with a better firewall, than what Windows uses…

It is fast and after I tamed it, it is good. The only thing that amazes me is that I have already had over two gigs of updates to install. This is just amazing, a brand new operating system and the updates are literally non-stop. Makes no sense, but then it is Windows, so I guess it does make sense…

Well it is time to get moving, it is now 7:30 a.m. and I have things to do. Have a nice day…

Post by Kyle Keeton
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