The Club Shop is open each Tuesday Club Night, and Saturday Workshop, and is run by Ray Brindley (right).



** If you have won a voucher in the club raffle, you can spend it at the club shop or on a timber purchase from Brian **


The shop has a limited number of Chronos Engineering SCT Tailstock Crown Revolving Centres for sale :

MT2 3/8" Diameter head   £23

MT2 1"  Diameter head      £24

These are exceptionally well priced compared with other makes in the market!


    The shop is taking orders for club Polo Shirts and Sweat Shirts

Prices are expected to be £12.50 for Polo Shirts and £15 for Sweat Shirts

Sizes available S, M, L, XL, and Double XL !!!


 The shop offers the following products (at a discount!) to members:

(Please note :  The shop is no longer going to stock 'super glue', and has only two bottles of 'thick' left.)

White Rhyno (velcro backed) grit combination packs are now available : 

They comprise of five lengths of 120/180/240/320/400 grits at half metre long.

Mylands Tins of Finishing Products :

Visit the Mylands Web Site for full details of these products and how to apply them.

RhynoGrip Abrasives :

Quality long-lasting velcro-backed abrasives, 100mm wide, sold in lengths of 1m in the following grits:

These abrasives can be easily cut to size and shape to fit any velcro-based sanding pads.

White Velcro backed Grits : 115 x 1 metre : 80,180,240,320,400 & 600 grits

Fine Abrasive Mesh : 225 x 115mm   1500 & 2500 Grit

Abranet Abrasives :

Mesh-type abrasive 70 x 125 mmfrom 80 grit to 600 grit - in single sheets or mixed sets

Chesnut Sprays :

Sanding Sealer : 400mls

Melamine Lacquer : 400mls

Acrylic Lacquer :400mls   Gloss/Satin/ & Ebonising


The Club Tool Bank


Members are reminded that the club has a selection of tools available in the "Tool Bank". These items are available to borrow in order to try out more unusual tools at home before perhaps contemplating an expensive purchase. The cost is only £5 for the loan, but a £15 refundable deposit will be required. (£50 deposit for the Roly Munro Hollowing Tool).


Tools Available :


The Allen Beecham 'Skewigouge'


A Henry Taylor large bowl gouge with interchangeable ends(x4), inc. hollowing bit.


A selection of thread chasing tools 18 & 20 TPI + recess cutter.


A Robert Sorby texturing tool with selection of cutters.


A Robert Sorby hollowing tool.


A large Roly Munro hollowing tool.


An arm rest for supporting various gouges and thread chasers.


Kennet Valley Wood Turners

Application Notes for popular finishes used by  wood turners

 Sanding Sealers (Cellulose)

  After sanding apply 2 thin coats with a brush or cloth.

 Lightly rub down between coats with fine abrasive 0000 grade wire wool or Webrax.

 Can be used prior to friction polish or melamine lacquer depending on wood type.

 For matt finish continue with wax polish, paste & buff.

Cellulose sealer is more popular with wood turners due to its quick drying properties. Ideally it should be thinned with cellulose thinners to assist better penetration.

 Melamine Lacquer

 Several thin coats will give best results. Apply with soft cloth when lathe is stationary.

 Work into the grain & buff with soft cloth. Apply subsequent coats flattening lightly with a fine abrasive.

 Can be used with or without sanding sealer depending on the porosity of the wood used.

 Can be finished with a wax polish & buffed to give gloss finish.

 Finished items will withstand regular handling even wiping with a damp cloth but is not waterproof.

 Friction Polish

 Shake the bottle well before use.

 When the desired smooth finish has been achieved on the turned object, stop the lathe & apply friction polish to the whole piece with lint free cloth.

 Whilst polish is drying, start the lathe & apply further polish with increasing pressure & friction to generate a smooth sheen.

 Not all that easy to apply since coats can seem uneven.

 It works best over some sort of  sealer & then flattened thoroughly.

 Best suited to small objects which can be coated quickly & evenly before the polish dries.

 Although resistant to moisture, it will quickly dull if handled a lot.

 Finishing Oils

 Surfaces need to be clean & free from dust etc. Apply 1st coat with a cloth & allow 5-10 minutes to penetrate, then remove surplus with a clean cloth.

 Allow 4-5 hours to dry then build up further coats as required. i.e. 2-3 coats semi-matt; 4-5 coats gloss…depending on type of wood.

 Cut back between coats with wire wool 0000 grade or better still Webrax 1500 grit. Most oils are heat, alcohol & water resistant. Some are toy safe


Mylands Wax Polish

Soft paste waxes can be applied easily on spinning work using a pad or fine wire wool & the buffed with a soft cloth to shine and bring out the beauty of the wood.

Also suitable for uneven surfaces such as burr which are impossible to access with a cloth.


Solid waxes

These are also popular, the most popular probably being Carnuba wax.

This is capable of producing a really high gloss finish when applied to revolving timber.

Care should be taken to avoid scratching the work surface.

Also Available:

Jo Sonja's Speciality Colour Set 6 x 20mls  Pearl White, Pale Gold, Rich Gold, Burnished Copper, Rose Gold

Promarkers : True Blue, Emerald Amethyst, Hot Pink, Berry Red, Tulip Yellow

Double Sided Tape (only one roll remains)

Plastic Single Flower Pot Tubes : 75 x 12mm    (free)

Don't forget that KVWT have their own sew-on embroidered badges (they look very smart on your turning smock). 

KVWT…..Basic Finishing Ideas

Some Ideas for Finishing your wood works of art…..the biggest mistake made by many is to apply too much finish….don’t quote me!  Your comments are most welcome

*Remember this is only advice & depends on your personal finishing ideas…a good cop out, eh?

Elf & Safety…            1. Protect your eyes & lungs at all times

                                    2.Work at a speed that allows you to feel comfortable & safe

                                    3. Reduce lathe speed when applying finish

                                    4. Always remove the toolrest when sanding & applying finish

 Sealers:            This group includes cellulose, acrylic & shellac varieties.  These are used to seal the wood…surprise, surprise ….before applying the finish, but they can be used as a finish in their own right.

                           Sanding sealers are diluted 50% using the appropriate thinning agent to ‘wet’ the wood & allow the detail to emerge.  If undiluted it is impossible to get an even coverage straight from the tin/spray.

 Waxes:            These come in different types, such as soft paste waxes & hard sticks & can be coloured.  They are usually applied over the sealer but some can be applied to bare wood

Durable hard wearing finishes:            Lacquers & oils come into this category, some can penetrate the timber to form a surface finish & come in gloss, satin or matt sheen.  Oil is deemed the most durable but may not resist finger marks & dirt contamination.

Decorative Finish:            If you want to change the appearance of your ‘pride & joy’ try coloured stains & waxes that can be applied to are wood along with chemicals & even bleach!

Food Safe:            A difficult one this…the government does publish standards if the piece is likely to come into contact with food.  Beeswax, vegetable/mineral oil or liquid paraffin are acceptable.  The club has a ‘Chestnut…Food Safe’ finish to use should we think about selling work to                                the public.

Abrasives:            These should be treated as another cutting tool & you get what you pay for.  Good quality abrasives are not cheap!  80 grit could be your starting grade & the general advice is to work through the grades…if miss you one then you should start all over again...or so                                      some people think!!!

Polishing cloths & papers:  The general rule is mutton cloth for applying sanding sealers & polishing waxes, whereas paper is used friction polish & oils.  However, remember paper cloth is abrasive anyway, so it may take time to find the right one for you.  Start with kitchen paper towel, but remember NEVER wrap any polishing cloth or paper around your fingers.  Also beware of trailing edges which could get trapped in the rotating machinery or your work.

Wire wool & Nyweb/Webrax:            ‘0000’ wire wool is used for cutting back finishes & sealers.  Nyweb & Webrax are artificial forms of wire wool that do not degrade as readily & do not leave debris behind as they are used.


Possible websites for further information: