First of all, a small apology. Last week I asked everyone to come and say hello to me at the Yandles show. I think everyone I invited turned up! It was manic, especially on the Friday, so if you came to see me and couldn’t get to speak to me, or if you did and I was gabbling then I’m sorry. The show was a wild success but it did mean that we simply couldn’t spend as much time with everyone as we’d have liked.
And because there’s no rest for the wicked, next week I’ve got two demos, the first in Nuneaton (Hinckley and North Warwickshire Woodturners) and the second in London (North London Woodturners). I know some of you are members of these clubs, I’m looking forward to seeing you!
Now to some questions…

We sometimes get asked about certain products either not drying or drying in patches. There are several probable causes for this, the favourite one being contamination of some type in the timber, very often natural oils that are seeping out from the wood itself. On these, use an oil or wax as they will usually perform better.
Sometimes though it is down to the application; if too thick a coat is applied it can skin over but still be wet underneath. A second coat can reactivate the finish, meaning that effectively two wet coats have been applied at once and this is going to affect the drying time and performance dramatically. It’s always hard to know when this has happened, but the watchword really is, with all finishes, apply thin coats!

Someone else this week asked about how to protect some freshly felled wet timber, to stop it from splitting as it air dries. Some may think this a simple question but it’s too easy to forget that this love of woodwork is attracting new people every single day and what is obvious to one reader is totally unknown to another!
The answer to the question is to use End Seal, an emulsified wax which can be brushed on (or dipped) to form a waxy seal. This slows the drying process down, allowing the wood to move as it dries rather than split.
So we’d like to encourage readers to send in their questions, especially newcomers to woodwork, even if they think they might be too obvious. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Finally for this week, we were asked if Friction Polish can be applied off the lathe. Yes, it can, it can be worked to the same great shine but it does take some extra work, a lot of elbow grease is required.
If doing this, work in small areas at a time and don’t put too much polish on the cloth. Work the cloth in a circular motion, and just keep rubbing until the shine you want appears. Burnishing Cream can be used afterwards (still needs some elbow grease!) if you want a shortcut to a better shine.

And that’s it for this week. A quick hello to the folk at Waveney Woodturners where I did a demo on Thursday night (told you there’s no rest for the wicked!).
As always, I’ll be back again next week, so until then,

Have a good week,



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