Thank you to everyone who sent in pictures for our online gallery. I’ve realised that it’ll be easier to upload them all at once, so if you’ve sent something in and not seen it online yet, that’s why. It does mean that there’s still time to send a picture in, if you haven’t already! Just email them to me at mailroom@chestnutproducts.co.uk. If you could put ‘gallery’ in the subject line that would help me a lot, please.

Doubling back to a question about using Gilt Cream last week, and how long to wait before removing the excess… I’m grateful to Ash, a regular correspondent, for some extra thoughts on this. He says:
“I use ebonising lacquer & gilt cream on ash bowls fairly often. In your YouTube demo, you remove the cream under power & it looks great afterwards. Generally on spindle turning though, the grain does not align with the direction of rotation, so your method works well. On bowls, however, the grain orientation aligns twice per rotation & may lead to some of the gilt cream being pulled out if removed under power.

For this reason, I generally do this manually, especially on larger bowls. I try always to rub across the grain with oil & this can lead to a circular motion. For exactly the same reason, I never buff these bowls, which I feel supports my theory. What do I know? I usually let the bowl rest for a few days before polishing with WoodWax 22.”

Thanks for that insight, Ash, some great information there.

Still on the subject of Gilt Cream (which will, in time, be fully replaced by our Rainbow Wax), I was asked if it was a good idea to use it to fill (and highlight) the cracks and gaps in oak. The main consideration here is how deep the cracks are. Building up too much Gilt Cream could have two unwanted results.

Firstly, a deep concentration of wax could be too soft to support the finish above. Hard Wax Oil was the intended finish here, so it probably wouldn’t be a problem, but the better plan would be to mostly fill the deep fissures with a filler first, and use the Gilt Cream for the last part.
The other thing that could happen is that as the wax dries, it could shrink and fall out of the crack. The wax inevitable shrinks as it dries, this isn’t a problem, unless there’s a lot of it and the shrinking in relation to its size becomes more apparent.

Finally, for this week, another question asked if Melamine Gloss Lacquer would be a suitable finish for some saucepan handles. Would the heat affect it?
I reckon that if the handles are getting hot, the saucepans are in the wrong place! But in any case, there probably won’t be enough concentrated heat close enough to the finish to do any harm. Think of stripping paint with a blow torch, and how much that takes.

Some extra information I did throw in was that the lacquer would be good for water resistance, but the saucepans shouldn’t be put in a dishwasher and, ideally, the handles should only be wiped with a damp cloth to clean them.

And that’s it for this week. I’m not around for the next few weeks, I’m off on holiday. I know it might seem like I’ve only just come back, but it’s been a good few months! When I come back I’ll be off straight away to the Midlands Woodworking Show in Newark, where Nathanael Griffiths will be demonstrating for us, so do come along and say hello if you can.

So, for those of you who use the Newsletter as your reminder that Friday is upon you… you’re on your own!

See you soon