Well, what a week! It’s only been a short one but it feels much longer!! I answer the phone most of the time here, usually with a ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Afternoon’; I know it’s been a tough day when I pick up the phone and say ‘Hello, I’m sorry I don’t even know what time of day it is’! And it’s been like that this week, lots of silly, niggly jobs and the worst of it is having to do things multiple times because other people aren’t doing their job properly. That’s delivery companies not collecting, losing goods, overcharging for deliveries. Warehouse lights inexplicably failing after 14 months (they’re LEDs, supposed to last a lot longer). Printing companies who seem unable to read pdf artwork files. I could go on, but you don’t really need to know, you want answers! (So do I, but that’s another story!)

We had a question this week about removing Tung Oil; someone had stripped a table and had been advised (not by us) to use Tung Oil on it, not realising that the inherent colour in it would affect the final look of the table, in this case turning it from a light colour to a near-mahogany colour. What could she do to remove it?
This is always difficult, our finishes are really designed to stay where you put them, part of the idea is that they don’t come off easily! Cellulose Thinners will soften the Tung Oil (and most finishes) enough to allow a lot of it to be scraped off; it will be a very messy job though, best done outside with rubber gloves on, and with the floor covered to protect it. A Cellulose Thinners/Tung Oil mix probably wouldn’t do the grass any good either!
An abrasive is going to be needed afterwards to remove any inevitable remnants of the oil to get as clean a surface as possible. It’s likely that removing the oil won’t remove all of the colour so some aggressive sanding will also be necessary.

I had two ‘did you know?’ type comments during the week, raised by last week’s Newsletter, containing some tips that just about classify as questions so I can pass them on. (It’s a bit of cheat I know, but please forgive me, it’s really been one of those weeks!).
The first was about our Tack Cloth. John F was having trouble with his face shield, namely that the static on it was causing the dust in his workshop to stick to it. Having just used a Tack Cloth on his work he also wiped his face shield with it, inside and out, and it collected the dust leaving the screen perfectly clear. Another great use for the Tack Cloths and it also shows that the resin on them stays on the cloth and doesn’t get transferred onto the surface being cleaned. Anecdotally I heard of someone having to meet an important customer at short notice and the inside of their car was a bit messy; a quick wipe over with a Tack Cloth soon had the surfaces gleaming! I hope they remembered to remove the pizza boxes as well…(this wasn’t me I hasten to add).

The second ‘did you know’ concerned my comment last week, about using Cut’n’Polish to give a better fit to a box lid that is just a bit too tight. The same trick will also work on thread chasing. If the thread is still a little tight, having cut it by hand or machine, apply a little Cut’n’Polish on the thread and screw the two parts in and out a couple of times. This will make the thread perfect as it only acts on that part of the thread which is causing  the tightness.

This is an old engineer’s trick used on machines where a thread had been damaged or seized; a little fine carborundum paste used in the same way solved many problems. As long as the engineer remembered to clean it thoroughly afterwards!
My thanks to Dave D for that tip, I think it’s one well worth knowing.

And that, as they say, is a wrap for this week. I hope your week has been easier than mine and that we both have a good weekend. I need one!
Don’t forget that if you’ve got nothing better to do, you could do much worse than tune in for Furinitime (as we think it should be known!), Stewart Furini’s live stream on YouTube on Sunday afternoon. Lots of great ideas of things to do with our products.
As always, I hope that you and yours are keeping safe and well and that you all manage to stay that way.

Best wishes