Welcome to the last Newsletter of the year. Thank you for reading them, I hope you’ve picked up a few nuggets of advice on the way.
As it’s nearly Christmas, I wonder if I could ask a small favour? I’ve realized over the year how much importance is placed on reviews these days. (That’s probably why some companies drive their customers mad asking for them.). We offer our online customers the choice to opt in to leave a review, but we only ask once, rather than send countless ‘reminders’. But if you feel so inclined, you can always leave us a review on Google, please.

And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to put a note in your diary to join us for our Twixmas Quiz on 28 December, 7.30pm on our YouTube Channel. Just click this >>>LINK<<< to set a reminder.

My comments last week about how to store the Buffing Wheel Kit generated some correspondence, including an email from Martyn W with his take on it. He has three of the round plastic tubs that chocolates come in (Celebrations, Quality Street, etc). He keeps one wheel in each tub, stacks them inside each other, and puts a lid on the top one. This keeps the wheels clean and in the same place. As there might be a few such tubs around after Christmas, this could be a good time to mention this idea.

Another recent question asked about the best way to maintain a dining room table – you might be wondering the same if you’ve got guests coming, and want to make sure everything is looking good.
Maintenance on a finish needn’t be hard work. As long as the existing finish is in good condition, there’s not a lot that needs to be done. The simplest solution here is to use a quality wax, such as WoodWax 22 or Microcrystalline Wax. The latter has a very slight edge, as it will be more resistant, so if something gets spilt on the surface, it should clean up easily enough.
After dinner (possibly well after dinner!), a quick buff with a soft cloth should bring it back to perfection, and, if needed, a little more wax can be applied to remove most stubborn marks.

Combining elements of the two questions above, this one came in via our Conkers Facebook group. The C Wheel in the Buffing Kit is used for applying and buffing wax; can different waxes be used on the same wheel?

I’m not a fan of using WoodWax 22 with the Buffing Wheels (although I know that some people do), so I wouldn’t advise that, but it’s fine to use Carnauba Wax and the Microcrystalline Wax (stick or paste) with the same wheel. A good suggestion was made that, if unsure, a rough cut scrap of wood held against the turning wheel will remove any unwanted wax.

That’s all the questions for this year, until the quiz, anyway!
Did you catch our special Weekender Bulletin interview with Nathanael Griffiths last weekend? If not, you can still read it >>>HERE<<<.
I hope I’ll see you on the 28th, do pop in and say hello and answer some questions. I’ll send out a little reminder a couple of hours before the quiz starts.
Have a fantastic Christmas, the Newsletter will be taking a short break, but we’ll be back early in 2024.

With very best wishes



Well, the temperature has certainly plummeted this week! I hope you’re keeping warm and if you’re in the workshop, remember to treat your finishes well (see below).
If you’re being pestered about what you’d like for Christmas, and you really have no idea, don’t forget our Woodturning Weekender. I know of a few tickets sold recently that are destined to be presents; they’re a great gift, take up no room in the house, and will be remembered for years to come

Question One this week was asked about Cut’n’Polish. Our correspondent usually applies it over a Cellulose Sanding Sealer, but on this occasion had accidentally applied it to bare wood. Could the sealer be applied on top of it? What would we recommend to increase the gloss?
Cut’n’Polish uses wax as a carrier for the abrasive in it, and will leave a wax film behind. This polishes to a shine, but isn’t high gloss. However, once the wax is on there, it’s not advisable to apply a sealer on top of it.
My suggestion was to either sand the Cut’n’Polish off, or treat it as having done the job of the sealer (which it will do, to an extent), and apply either WoodWax 22 or Microcrystalline Wax and buff this to the desired gloss.
The latter suggestion was taken, and our correspondent is, as anticipated, very pleased with the final result.

It’s that time of year. No, not just Christmas! Workshops can be cold and damp, and this can affect your finishing. We had a message from someone, during the week, who had got a cloudy effect in their lacquer.
Our immediate thought was that this had been caused by moisture in the atmosphere in the workshop. Apparently the workshop had heating in it, which confused us, but in hindsight our correspondent told us that it was quite likely the warmth hadn’t reached the workbench, and it was likely there was still enough humidity in the workshop to cause problems.
It highlights the point that it’s important to let the whole area warm up, and also the product itself – which could take longer than the surrounding air.

Our final question for this week was about our Buffing Wheel Kit. We were contacted by someone with an impending birthday, hoping to get vouchers to fund the purchase of one. They’re so sure of this that they’re already planning how to store it in the workshop! Would it, they asked, be possible to hang it on the wall, by attaching it to a magnetic strip?
The short answer is yes, the metal parts are magnetic. The Small Mandrel would be fine, the Large Mandrel is quite heavy so would need a strong attraction!
The metal centres of the wheels would stick, too, but their size could be a problem; they’d need to be stored side by side, and would take up nearly two feet of wall space. Plus, they’d have no protection from shavings etc., which could get stuck in the fabric and would be a nightmare to clean. And, of course, any stubborn shavings left behind could scratch rather than polish.
Where possible, we think the wheels should be stored under cover.

And that’s everything for this week. Don’t forget to put a note in your diary about our Twixmas quiz on 28 December, you can set up a reminder by following THIS LINK, to make sure you don’t miss it! I really hope you’ll join in – I’ll feel really stupid otherwise!
I’ll be back next week for the last Newsletter of the year, I’ll see you then!