French Polish Simplified

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Blog entry by blackcherry posted 01-27-2013 07:05 PM 3923 reads 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favorite finishes is the classic French Polish technique, the use of shellac and a lubricate in a hand pad wiping on method. Now I’ve seen plenty of ways to go about this technique from melting down shellac flake and thinning with cutting medium, so over the years I came up with a procedure of my own by trail and error and have simplified this technique to my own liking and so I would like to share with any of you who would like to try this out. So I would like to post a blog soon in showing a simple way to achieve a high end and just a wonderful feeling finish which will marvel anyone who takes hold of your next project. Also would add that this is a finish for small project like boxes and any other project that needs to be seen and not under heavy uses, Shellac is not a durable tough finish. Practice on a scrap piece of wood is highly recommended just till you get the hang of the process and I can’t stress enough that small amount of shellac and lubricate are critical in achieving a nice finish so with that said stay tune for a simple way to French Polishing….BC

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 08:57 PM

Sounds interesting, staying tuned…

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 09:09 PM

I will be looking forward to the next episode.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 09:25 PM

Very Timely post. After seeing Andy’s ( gfadvm) recent box post with a reference to your help with the finish technique, I was hoping for the opportunity to get more details on your method. This will be a much appreciated blog, especially since I finally got some shellac flakes to play with. By the way, I plan to mix it with Ethanol which has a red dye in it. Will this work ok?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 11:04 PM

shellac has become a favorite of mine, looking forward to learning your technique.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 11:09 PM

I’m on the edge my seat!!!

Looking forward to attending the “Blackcherry Finishing School”!!!
Maybe I’ll turn into a respectable person. NOT!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Don W

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 11:16 PM

Always willing to learn something new.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 01-28-2013 01:00 AM

nothing replaces the classic french polish!

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 04:09 PM

Thanks, I’ll be watching!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 06:59 PM

The finish on your boxes is amazing! Thanks for sharring.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 10:47 PM

I too am holding my breath, so, hurry back.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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