WEEK COMMENCING 31 MARCH 2024

Hi

I hope you had a good Easter; mine got off to a slightly bad start when I realised that the Newsletter scheduled to be sent out last week (on Good Friday) was still stuck in the outbox of the email program we use. A few hasty emails back and forth managed to solve the problem (it wasn’t me, for a change!), and you should have got your Newsletter, just a little late.

Last week’s Newsletter featured a picture of some tealight holders, and a few people wrote in to say that these didn’t follow best practice when making such things. (Remember, I’m not a woodturner, I wouldn’t know where to begin to make one!)

For safety, an insert (glass or suitable metal) should be used as a heat shield, to prevent the risk of the wooden holder from catching fire.
The investigating I have done suggests that the risk of this happening is minimal; in fact, I couldn’t find a report of it ever happening. Most fires caused by candles seem to be the result of carelessness…and I suppose that as there’s usually no control over who uses them (there’s no written test!), it’s better safe than sorry.

A question this week asked if Rainbow Wax can be applied over an oil. This caught us out a bit, it’s not something we’ve tried, but I don’t see any reason why not. Our friend Andrew Hall uses WoodWax 22 as a base for them, something else we hadn’t considered either.
Rainbow Waxes can be used on bare wood, but they usually spread better over a sealer – or other suitable coating, such as an oil or a wax.
In a two-for-one deal, our correspondent also asked if the wax could be applied by brush. It’s soft enough that it should be possibly to load a brush with it, but if it needs to be softer, Reducer can be added to it, or, at a push, water can be used. Reducer is better as it has less effect on the colour.

It’s interesting when someone asks about a product we’ve been selling for ages but that they haven’t seen before. Such was the case today when I was asked about our Microcrystalline Wax, and how it differs from the Carnauba Wax Stick.
As a block, the Microcrystalline version is slightly softer, making it easier to apply – the Carnauba one is very hard, to the point of being slightly brittle.
The most important difference is that microcrystalline waxes have a higher melting point, and are usually unaffected by handling. Other waxes can fingermark due to the effects of body heat.
Visually, there’s very little to choose between them.

That’s all the questions for this week. Business-wise, it’s been a short week, although we’re so busy that it really doesn’t feel that way! Not that I’m complaining about it, of course. But I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend and a bit of a rest. I hope you have a good one, whatever you decide to get up to.
I’ll be back next week, with more questions and an equal number of answers!

Cheers

Terry