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Sources #1: French Polish

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Blog entry by Byron posted 11-20-2011 09:59 AM 4132 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been reading about French Polishing for some time now and finally dedicated the beginning of my thanksgiving break to finding a good source for how to apply this classical finish.

Shellac is a very finicky finish and is hard to REALY get right. Although this site is for guitars it seems to be and excellent guide to French Polishing.

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, http://byronconn.com



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#1 posted 11-20-2011 03:37 PM

This was the same source I used to start my learning. As usual, the best thing to do is practice. The material takes on a life of its own and you need to learn the traits.

I recommend using Ever Clear grain alcohol instead of De-natured alcohol (DNA) when you start using it on furniture. Commercially available DNA has too much water in it and the shellac does not dry as hard and clear.

Also take a look at this great video about epoxy grain filling. I use it and like it a lot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYHxMg7n9cI

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