Jan 192010

French Polishing

French Polishing is the name given to the process
of coating wood with a solution of shellac
dissolved in alcohol, using a “rubber” made of rag
and cotton wool instead of with a brush. The
alcohol evaporates, leaving the shellac deposited
upon the wood. When applied correctly it
produces what is possibly the finest looking finish
for furniture. Shellac was first introduced into
Europe about the 16th Century, but the term
FRENCH POLISH was not used until about
1820, when the process was developed by a French
cabinet maker.

The 4 page PDF —  ‘Guide to French Polishing

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