WEEK COMMENCING 26 MAY 2024

Hi

Thank you to everyone who wrote to us so positively last week about Nathanael’s Newsletter. Even those who said his was better than the normal bloke!

Nathanael had popped down to see us for a few days, and we weren’t slow in putting him to work! It was a pleasure to have him here, we hope he enjoyed his visit as much as we enjoyed having him here.

We try not to assume that, just because we know what we’re talking about when we write or say something, that it is immediately obvious to others. Where possible, we avoid using jargon as much as possible, keeping everything in plain, simple English.
A question that pointed this out recently asked if End Seal was suitable for applying to the ends of fresh cut timber to prevent it splitting. This is, of course, exactly the reason why we sell it! This question was reminiscent of another End Seal question recently asking about why it wasn’t on the Compatibility Chart, and could it be used on the ends of internal shelves.
We said no, as End Seal isn’t a finish, more a protective ‘interim’ treatment.
It is used by some to treat the exposed ends of decking, where protection is more important than appearance.

Another questioner is using the Buffing Wheel Kit to polish his snooker cue, but is worried the constant handling will dull the shine. Can it be sealed somehow? The answer is not really; about the only thing you should put over wax is… more wax! However, I reckon the Carnauba Stick Wax (supplied in the kit), or better yet, the Microcrystalline Wax Stick (supplied separately) will keep their shine for quite a while, and they are both pretty tough. And better yet, when the time comes, repolishing them will be a piece of cake on the Buffing System!

Finally, for this week, a question about wax (Microcrystalline in this case) leaving a fine white line when used on top of a lacquer. There was only one instance of this, what could have caused it? It’s impossible to be certain, but I suspect there was a hairline scratch/crack in the lacquer. Our waxes appear to be a light colour in the tin, because we’re seeing them as a concentrated mass. That’s what happens when the wax collects in a crack or scratch; a white line is visible, and is very hard to polish out. (The best method is to avoid the scratch/crack in the first place). Sometimes, though, the timber conspires against us, and the wax collects in the natural crevices. In a situation like this, one of our tinted WoodWax 22 options would be best, as this has a subtle colour in it which won’t dry white in those cracks. The Medium Brown colour is a good starting point for this, as it is only a very subtle colour.

We’re about to call ‘time’ on the Woodturning Weekender Livestream plan. Currently, we still need to sell more tickets for this to make it viable. At the new, lower price of £25 it’s great value. If you can’t join us in person, treat yourself to a weekend of woodturning and fun, and let’s make this happen.

Get your ticket >>>HERE<<<

NOTE: The event will take place regardless of the Livestream.

And there you go, that’s everything from me for this week. It’s been a short but busy week, I hope yours has been a good one and that you’ve got a nice weekend to look foward to.
I’ll be back again next week (unless I can find another guest writer!), I hope you’ll join me then.

Take care

Terry