French Polishing class #1: Getting ready...

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 02-14-2009 03:29 AM 1408 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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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 like
Fine 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 played with my own shellac brewing and mixing
varnish and oils but I want to learn about stains/dyes and such and how to make the table tops like glass!

I did allot of reading, and studying and analyzing and head scratching.. and I want this build in to look like it
was made long ago and part of the house.. (not like beating it with a hammer for patina ) but really finished out
like it was just flowing along the wall…

SO I saw a class on “French Polishing” and ITs an experiment in interactive Video and on line.

I am not gonna go into everything so as not to make it so those that are interested in it will get it for free but its not too expensive and You’ll get a fair shake out from me as to how it goes..

Its short only 5 weeks.. and I got a shopping list of junk I have been trying to accumulate the pile of stuff
that I will need to accomplish each weeks steps… Ill post what I bought and where if I ordered it or just bought it locally and Ill give an overview of what we learned and my efforts for the week and the pregress of the home work or countinuing work. as I go along.. .

So anytime I am working the class Ill post an entry.

So here is a small list of materials

Shellac – unwaxed, blonde and orange and garnet
fabric – cheesecloth and linen to make a pad, Cotton/ Fannel to polish with
sandpaper – 120-180-220-230-1200
Steelwool 4-3 X
wood – (hard part) Sitka Spurce, Western Red Cedar, walnut, Brazilian Cherry/rosewood, Mahogany 8×12 chunks (he wants Tight grained hardwood/ Pored hardwood/ soft woods) I am going with Oak Mahogany and gonna hit woodcraft and use this an excuse to maybe get some beech and other junk (this is a great excuse for the WYMO to buy wood ya otherwise dont need!) but I want to perfect my skills on White Oak so I can really Finish this wall unit nice)

So I had the Wife cut up a bunch of old sheets for the linen part and gonna go wood shopping at local woodcraft to get the woods I want to play with and the cheesecloth.

I am really excited about this class everyone else in it are “instrument” makers and the person teaching it is a master Guitar etc. maker.. so this is gonna be FUN!

Ok nuff yapping the Trucks are racing! HOOT


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#1 posted 02-14-2009 06:32 AM

I picked up the finest thread count fabric that I could find for the Linen part. The rubbers that I use I got from Jeff Jewitt at I class I took with him. They are the sponges that are used in surgery. When the Dr says don’t leave in any sponges. (These are what they are talking about.) They are pads that absorb blood in the body and look a lot like cheesecloth. But they do have a metal tag so when the x-ray you they will see it. You cut the tag out before using them.

In fact i cut them in half because they are pretty big. Jeff gets unsterile ones that I think might be rejects.

French Polishing is fun. I won first prize in Jeff class for the best job. I think it helped that I took some spectacular veneer glued on plywood to practise on.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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