Ashford Traveller – 2

The spinning wheel is made almost entirely out of New Zealand silver beech. It’s finished to a very high standard so all that’s needed is a light sanding with the supplied sandpaper, concentrating especially on cut ends, grooves and sockets which tend to be slightly rougher. If you were using an oil or varnish rather than a wax, you might need to treat it differently.

These are the legs. Two have been waxed and two haven’t. Can you guess which is which?

Two legs have holes through and two don’t. I’d waxed the two with holes in this picture. When I waxed the other two, they hardly darkened at all. Presumably they were made from a different batch of wood and it just reacted differently. The colour is starting to even out already, so I suspect it will hardly be detectable soon.

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