Hello again.

If you’re reading this on Friday morning (as I know many of you do) I’ll be at Newark getting ready for the Midlands Woodworking Show to open. I wonder if I’ll see you there? Be sure to stop and say hello and reveal yourself as a Chestnuteer!

As I mentioned last week, I gave a demo at the Village Turners in Peterborough last week, had a good time there, and as I often do in demos I was extolling the virtues and many uses of Burnishing Cream. It really is a multi-use product and will improve the shine of many surfaces without affecting the original coating. I was asked if it was necessary to put anything on top of a surface burnished with the cream, and the answer is that it depends on the previous coating. If it’s a finish in its own right (a lacquer or oil etc) then no, the coating is still the finish. If it’s used over a sealer then a coating over the top is recommended. If you decide you do want to put a coating on top of something you’ve used Burnishing Cream on we’d suggest any of our waxes or Friction Polish.

I know I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s still a source of some confusion and is worth mentioning again. NyWeb.
That’s our non-woven nylon webbing abrasive. It’s impregnated with either silicon carbide or aluminium oxide to give it a definable cutting grade. Green is 400, Red is 600, Orange is 1000 and White is technically non-abrasive as it doesn’t contain a grit, but the texture of it gives it a very fine cut.
The way of remembering which order to use them in is to think of the acronym ‘GROW’ – Green, Red, Orange, White. Keep that in mind and you won’t go wrong.

Also this week I was asked by someone experimenting with resin if it’s ok to use our Spirit Stain to tint it. We know that the stain will mix easily with most lacquers and sealers, but we haven’t tried it with resin. However, we have heard from other sources that it does mix very well with resin so if that’s your thing you’ll be ok with Spirit Stain.

Hopefully I’ll be collecting more questions at the Newark Show and will have some of them for you next week.
If you’re still pondering about our Woodturning Weekender don’t forget that the ticket prices go up after 31 March, so now would be a good time to take the plunge. If you’re coming to the  Midlands Show we’ll have tickets available there.

If you don’t make it to the show I’ll see you back here next week!