No Sealer!, It’s Cold Inside, and Magnets


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!


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