We’re making an important announcement about the livestream plan for the Woodturning Weekender in Sunday’s bulletin. If you don’t get these, and would like to, you can sign up >>>HERE<<<.
In short, we’re dropping the price of the livestream, full details will be available in the bulletin and on the Weekender website on Sunday. We want the Weekender to be accessible to everyone, so if you aren’t already joining us, I hope this might persuade you to do so.

All of this week’s questions came in from the chat facility on our website, something we added recently and is proving to be popular.

A regular question came up, asking what finish we recommend for a certain timber. Our answer is always to ask what is being made – the type of timber is, by and large, irrelevant.
There are many factors that can point towards the choice of a certain finish. For example, does it need to be

  • Water resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Suitable for exterior use
  • Safe for children to use
  • Gloss or Satin
  • Easy to apply over a large area
  • etc

All the products on our website have descriptions, detailing their properties, and very often the uses to be avoided, so it’s best to check through them to make the right decision.

(Members of our Facebook group Conkers may have seen more about this exchange…)

Someone who did tell me what they were making was asking how to finish a chess set they had made. In particular, they wanted a finish that would keep the white ash of the white pieces as white as possible, whilst giving them the protection they’d need from being handled a lot. I had a few suggestions that would fit the bill:

  • Hard Wax Oil in Gloss or Satin
  • Acrylic Gloss or Satin Lacquer (aerosol)
  • Cellulose Sanding Sealer and Microcrystalline Wax

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve been filming in our YouTube studio recently, with a special guest – here’s a clue. This conversation gave me an idea for another video comparing the clarity of finishes… one for another time!

The final question from the site was about a suitable finish for a dog kennel, which I think is a first! The kennel has been made out of pine, and is for indoor use only, which made things easier.

As a minimal colour change was desired, I suggested either Hard Wax Oil or a Shellac Sanding Sealer/WoodWax 22 combo. All are toy safe, so should cause no harm, and sufficiently hard wearing for the job. The smell from Hard Wax Oil will linger a bit longer, which is the only other consideration. I like the smell, personally, but my nose isn’t as sensitive as a dog’s, who might have a different opinion!

Don’t forget, if you’d like to see one of your creations featured in the Newsletter, just send it in, along with some details, especially the finishes used. I have about six months’ worth of pictures in my folder, but as they are drawn at random, it’s worth sending yours in. Who knows, it could be you next week.

That’s all from me for this week, I’ll see you here again next week.