Category Archives: Gear

Shop Lights

Make 17, Week 8

Small project to improve lighting. I’ve been using four CFL bulbs for my little workshop.  I bought an LED array that’s in the form of tube bulbs. I’m trying to keep down the power usage for the shop just because everything is on a shared circuit. LED seemed a good solution for low power and quality of light. I installed one and liked it enough to add a second.

These worked out great. Hopefully, they prove to be durable. They offer 4800 lums of light at 5000k daylight temp and run at 64 watts. They make a big difference lighting up my work.

You can link them together, which is pretty convenient for installing multiple bulbs. Installation is pretty easy. Just u-shaped bracket, chain, and clips.

Everything is brighter!
Everything is brighter!
Bulbs installed
Bulbs installed

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Homemade Cutting Board Cream

Make 13, Week 7

With my cutting board adventures, I made some board cream similar to John Boos Butcher Block Board Cream. This is a really cheap and simple. Basically, measure by weight 5 parts mineral oil with 1 part bees wax in a sauce pan. You can add more or less mineral oil depending on the desired consistency.

Mineral oil must be food grade. I get mine in the pharmacy area as a laxative. I got the bees wax from Amazon because I couldn’t find a local source for something other than candles, which may not be processed with the intention of food use.

You want to heat very slowly and swirl the pan until the wax dissolves. You can use a double boiler if you wish, but going slow worked for me. I poured the finished product into two half pint jars and let it cool to turn into a paste

To use, I scoop it out with a towel and rub it into the board after washing. I then let it sit on the wood, and if I feel like, I’ll wipe it clean. For fresh boards, it seems a good idea to first saturate the board with just mineral oil. Doing this should limit any water being absorbed by the wood. The waxy board cream then should help water seal it further.

Board Cream
Board Cream
End Grain Walnut Framed Cutting Board
End Grain Walnut Framed Cutting Board

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