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How can anyone resist making a tool that rhymes with "pissoir"?

So I made one, tried it a bit on some pine. It's definitely different than just rubbing on wax, I think it actually forces the wax into the wood. Anyone using one? What do think of it, any tips?
 

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Yes, but my phone died and I can't send the photo. The new phone I bought doesn't have a camera- "gimmee the cheapest one you have". So I'll have to borrow a phone or camera. I made the "redneck polissoir" I saw on the internet, it's just a bunch of broom bristles bound with those metal ties I can't remember the name of in English, hose clamps or something. Left the bristles long on one end, it's probably the homeliest polissoir ever made.
 

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I also made my own from whisk broom bristles. I asked this question about 6 months ago on the SAPFM Forum and really did not get any interesting answers. I did see a YouTube video by Don Williams

There's an article by Chris Schwarz at Pop Wood as well.

Anyway, I did a little experimenting and so far I really cannot see much use for it. But I have not given it an extensive effort.

-Bill
 

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Decades ago I read that in the 18th century they would rub fine brick dust with wax into the pores of hardwood- experimenting with the polissoir, I think this would be the tool.
 

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Yes- the worm gear hose clamp is actually fine, but only in one grip, which isn't going to fly beyond a little experimentation. Marman clamps would probably be fine, but if this thing looks like it's going to be useful, I'll tie one up properly.
 

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According to Roubo,
polissoirs are made with a particular kind of rush:
"La prêle ou aprêle, fig. 7, aussi appellée queue de cheval , & en latin equisetum " etc
(page 859, planche 296 L'art du menuisier ébeniste ).

According to the French wiki article about this rush, it contains silica which explains its abrasive properties:

"Le mot prêle est la contraction de asprele qui dérive du latin asper [rude, rugueux] en rapport avec la propriété abrasive de ces plantes riches en silice."

See also "Full Chisel Blog" . This post is anterior by a few month to the mention of polissoir by CS. One of the commenter said :
"While these are still green, bundle them up tightly with cord (like a smudge stick) in equal lengths of about 6″ and 2-3″ in dia….Use the ends to scour. I've been using them to polish burl for ages."

Roubo warns against using the ring between two sections as it would be much harder and would scratch lines.
 

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Roubo says (free translation)
Before its use, soak the polissoir with melted wax. Let it cool down. Rub on a planed board to make it even and fit to the polishing work

wax finishing
1 using a scraper
2 using sea dog hide as sand paper
3 using equisetum ( see previous comment) as sand paper
4 waxing with the polissoir ( the friction produces heat but not enough to unglue the veneering)
5 scraping the wax excess with a wax scraper (a scraper with rounded edges)
6 buffing with "serge" (serge is a cloth a bit rough like denim)

I may be wrong in my previous comment as Roubo says the polissoir is made of ordinary rush. (Whatever it is).
 

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Okay, the horsetails are an abrasive and the polissoir is made of rush. So I don't see any reason not to use ordinary broom corn for the polissoir.

I wonder if they used just plain beeswax- I've used it before and it's fine, you just have to melt it a bit and rub very hard, but the polissoir should make that a lot easier.
 
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