This post is going to be a brief recap of the few items I purchased at the Yandles show yesterday afternoon. I have driven all the way down there, looked around and then come home again without spending a penny in the past… That’s not easy to do! But then, I’m not one for splurging a small fortunate in a moment of madness (unless I’m sat infront of my laptop, perhaps…).
I already had half a bottle of Titebond II, which you can just see to the left in the photo above. With a total of seven chopping boards and two knife blocks to make in the next few weeks, there’s every chance that it wouldn’t be enough. I do believe that the extra bottle of this food-safe adhesive will prove to be a necessary purchase.
There are a couple of small projects that I’d like to complete this summer (mainly boxes) and I’m always keeping my eyes open for new finishes to try on things like this. I do like my oil finishes but sometimes, I wish I could at least teach myself to brush lacquer on without making a mess. That’s why I’m interested in Chestnut’s Acrylic Satin Lacquer. A sprayable finish, without the hassle of having to set-up or clean-out a spray gun! They’re meant to be low on CFCs as well.
If I could’ve found the stall belonging to Chestnut Products yesterday, I would also have purchased their gloss-finish lacquer, as this was (literally) the only can on the shelves in the main shop.
From the wood store, I found myself a 7ft length of 5x1in sapele – I only need 2ft x 4x1in for a small job but, this seemed more economical than buying a shorter, wider board. There’s also a 4ft length of American cherry, with about 8in between the sapwood on the other face. I’m think of running this down and stack-laminating it to create mum’s platter plate… I was tempted to buy a lump of 2in thick steamed pear but, it’s not cheap! I did look at their sycamore but there were cracks and checks down the sawn faces of the boards I looked at (Yandles prepare one face for you, so you can see before you buy).
That length of cherry is fairly clean and it’s not something I’ve worked with before. I should have enough material to work around those knots if necessary. I didn’t buy any timber for the chopping boards. They had plenty of maple in stock but I didn’t see an awful lot of walnut to select from and, with my camera in one hand and many people milling about, I did feel a bit uncomfortable.
I’ve given myself plenty to get on with this year, even though I still have the two lengths of elm I bought at their previous show in September!! I am impressed that this all cost less than £35 though, as I was carrying precisely that amount of spare cash in my wallet, which meant I didn’t have to break in to my bank account! I’m very much a debit card man and rarely ever make cash withdrawals, you see.
Thanks for reading. If you made it to this show or perhaps another, why not share what you bought?