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Forum topic by codafile5 posted 02-01-2008 02:00 PM 937 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2008 02:00 PM

I have a small table which I have refurbuished, I have re-stained it and now ready to put a final coat on, my question is, should I French Polish or use polyurathane. The table is approx 40+ years old and was in reasonable condition, I want the table to “look its age” i.e not to look modern, if thats the term used.

-- Keith, Chester, England

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 02:57 PM

If you want it to “look its age” then french polishing is the way to go. It will add a depth and luster that you just can’t achieve with poly. Poly is relatively quick, very durable, and gives the piece a warmth but it does appear somewhat plastic and certainly is not found on antiques.

When you get it completed how about posting some pictures. Before and after shots work well.

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 03:08 PM

Many thanks for that sbryan55, I am very new to wood working, and having viewed the many sites, I have found that this site and Router workshop have the very best advice, looking ahead maybe two or three years I may produce something worthwhile, LOL. meantime I will finnish my table and post a photo for everyones comment, good or bad, thanks again

-- Keith, Chester, England

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 06:59 PM

By “French Polish” do you mean a finishing product labeled “French Polish” or do you mean the process of rubbing on multiple layers of shellac? If you mean the French Polish process then rubbing out poly may actually be faster. Also shellac is alcohol soluable so don’t get any booze around the table after you finish it.

You can use poly then rub it out with pumice and rottenstone. It will take away the “plastic” look and will be very durable. My not give quite the depth of hand rubbed French Polish but it is not bad.

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 01:48 AM

Thanks for that Leonmcd, I will go with rubbing on layers of shellac which I have seen by demonstration and looks exact colour I want. most likely end up with more on me than the project. thanks for your valued information, I will look into the alternatives that you mention and try them out on some scrap. Cheers

-- Keith, Chester, England

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