French Polishing class

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Blog series by RichClark updated 03-06-2009 05:27 AM 7 parts 9115 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Getting ready...

02-14-2009 03:29 AM by RichClark | 1 comment »

Got derailed (as usual) work is tying us up in knots. So the Big built in is gonna take a 5 week siesta due to outside projects that have reared their ugly heads, that I hate Finishing! I make some neat stuff occasionally and I never knew about how to “really Finish” stuff.. So that it looks likeFine furniture. I was good to go with some Box Store Stuff and then even then was never happy how if finally came out.. (That is me not happy, other folks were fine with it). I play...

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Part 2: Preparing - Filling Pores

02-28-2009 05:07 AM by RichClark | 2 comments »

OK sorry, work is still beating me up - Here is where I am so far and what were learning - If you make boxes and such… (small Sized stuff) this will work out of the box. .if your working bigger pieces you need to increase the size of the pad your gonna make to do it with.. but your going to have to practice on a smaller pad so that your can “feel” this process out. .this is minimal shellac and not happy rottenstone sanding wet stuff that is so easy to get lost it goo...

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Part 3: Here are some pics of the looks

03-01-2009 05:14 AM by RichClark | 4 comments »

Here is a share site there is blog junk, the “french” entry shows me goofing around with some black walnut and Brazilian Cherry. The after or polished looks are unfilled but leveled with 1200 (were talking 30 seconds of sanding) then spritzed with water and rubbed for about 3-4 minutes with 3-O steel wool to get the satin finish (Got a comment about patientce and such.. and I have NO patience I do have and want a perfect finish… each o...

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Part 4: OK fixed picture issues and they are here

03-03-2009 01:33 AM by RichClark | 0 comments »

Here the pictures I mentioned I have not a clue how they went off into a blog that doesn’t exist… anyway… more to come

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Part 5: Cheating - and commentary

03-03-2009 03:01 AM by RichClark | 0 comments »

OK – Your have a huge something and want to “do this cool process” but your into instant gratification your raized at the nipple of the box store! NO I say! We can do a French Polish on the quick! Its the learning and the whys and hows that are trouble! This method is really fast with great results! (but you need to practice a bit! Common ya can do it!) This was done – Water Filled to Done done (no polishing that is tomorrows blog time permitting) but great ...

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Part 6: OK - This was a mind opener..... Head to your Auto parts store!

03-05-2009 03:22 AM by RichClark | 4 comments »

OK – This is so easy its silly Run to your local auto parts store and buy you some type of “Swirl remover” I picked “Mequiars SwirlX” and you put a dab on a paper towel and you rub it till Itstarts squeaking (like ya ears – as my mom use to yell “I WANT THEM SQUEAKY CLEAN”)then switch to a terry towel and repeat.. and you get this! Total time for a 8×12” surface was like45 seconds? That is the piece that was the one I finished ...

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Part 7: Ok were told to prepare wood and here is my effort...

03-06-2009 05:27 AM by RichClark | 4 comments »

Were going to be learning the Shades of colors that Shellac Comes in.. and ways to “age” repairs ororiginal work so it looks more “rested and older”... I had to cook up batches of Orange and Garnet Shellac and prepare some (zero or near zero pored )wood for Sunday… I cut off a foot of Beech and Cedar and then resawed them and glued them up into bigger panels.. So were looking at beech that is 12×14 and Cedar that is about 12×10ish.They are book ma...

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