Newsletter 20th March 2013

The Village Turners - Wed. 20th March

lnformation for U3A members by Stan Knowles.

When you have finished sanding use a tack cloth, this will get rid of the fine dust in the pores of the wood.

Finishes. There are those finishes that sink into the wood and others that lie on the surface with little penetration. Danish or finishing oil is very easy to apply, just slosh it on and wipe away the surplus. lt does darken the wood slightly especially on end grain. Once applied leave for about 40 minutes, then buff to a shine, it may take three coats depending on the hardness of the wood. After the last coat of oil wait 24hours and apply a good paste wax, this should be buffed to a high shine after an hour.

Friction polish, apply thin coats and buff it up with a cotton cloth. lt can be applied with or without sanding sealer on the more dense or hard timbers. lf applied too thick you will have problems with unsightly rings which are difficult to remove. lf this happens, use burnishing cream and buff with a cloth. Be careful, too much and it will remove the lot and you will have to start again. You can still apply wax to any finish but you cannot apply any other finish on top of wax.

Lacquers and melamine finish can be tricky, read the instructions on the can and practice on waste wood of the same type.

Wax can be applied direct onto bare wood with excellent results and will give a lovely satin finish. Do not buff straight away, let the wax sink in and harden. Leave it alone for up to an hour. Depending on the hardness of the wood you may have to give it three coats of wax.

There are many brands on the market, my favourite is Chestnut.

That's all folks until next week. Stan.