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French polishing. The gentle art of applying a padded shellac finish.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Mar-Apr 1989 (v.5#2) pg. 50
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER May-Jun 1989 (v.5#3) pg. 4

Working with padding lacquer (French finish). This "first cousin" to French polish is great for restoring old finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #15 Jul-Aug 1990 pg. 48

French polishing on the lathe. A fast technique for building up a gleaming shellac finish on a wooden turning.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #44 Apr 1995 pg. 61

How to do French polishing, a shellac top coat finishing method. Most suitable for close grained woods (apple, birch, maple, cherry, ebony, pear, basswood, pine, cedar, cottonwood, cypress, fir, gum, or redwood).
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1982 (v.5#6) pg. 21

French polishing. A guide to the materials, surface preparation. shellac application and maintenance.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1992 (v.15#6) pg. 22

French polishing. How to pursue the disappearing art of getting a fine shellac finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #1 Winter 1975 pg. 44

How to apply a French polish finish to walnut. Some tips on the technique and materials to use.
FINE WOODWORKING #12 Sep 1978 pg. 29

French polishing. Using elbow grease and shellac to build a fine finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #20 Jan-Feb 1980 pg. 66

French polishing, the venerable technique for applying a shellac finish which is unmatched by any modern finishing technique.
FINE WOODWORKING #58 May-Jun 1986 pg. 70

French polishing for restoration work. Modern padding finishes update an age-old technique. Advice on selecting materials, cleaning and preparing the old finish, and building a new finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 46
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 6

Tip on eliminating pumice heaps when doing French polishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 30

Padding lacquer. A quick, easy alternative to French polishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #118 May-Jun 1996 pg. 48

Two techniques for avoiding a chalky finish when French polishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #135 Mar-Apr 1999 pg. 98

How to refinish furniture. Part 2 of 3. Covers the finishing sequence (stain, sealer, filler, and top coat). Gives instructions on lacquer, varnish and shellac finishes. Includes polishing and French polish finishes.
HANDY ANDY Apr 1980 (v.4#7) pg. 60

Refinishing secrets of the Boston Museum. Principles of furniture restoration including what glues to use, selecting a stripping agent and surace coating, and how to apply French polish.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1973 (v.1#2) pg. 1

Give oil-finished or shellacked surfaces a long-lasting shine with this version of French polishing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1992 (v.20#4) pg. 22

Friction-film finish for turned objects that simulates French polish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #59 Feb 1993 (v.10#2) pg. 58

Tips on making and using a rubber to apply French polish.
WOODWORKER #1039 Jun 1980 (v.84) pg. 401

Trouble with polishing. Tips on tools and techniques for French polishing.
WOODWORKER #1051 Jun 1981 (v.85) pg. 364

Tips on french-polishing inlay-and-marquetry.
WOODWORKER #1100 Jul 1985 (v.89) pg. 493

Tip on making a polyurethane finish look like it was french polish.
WOODWORKER #1116 Nov 1986 (v.90#11) pg. 935

Tips on finishing a wooden fireplace mantle using shellac-based french polish.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 590

Tips on cleaning and reviving an Edwardian-era piece of veneered furniture that has been finished using french polish techniques.
WOODWORKER Jan 1988 (v.92#1) pg. 47

Troubleshooting a french-polished surface which remains sticky.
WOODWORKER Mar 1988 (v.92#3) pg. 239

Tips on restoring the finish on a black, french polished piano case.
WOODWORKER Sep 1988 (v.92#9) pg. 817

Tips on removing and replacing old grain filler in french polished furniture.
WOODWORKER Jan 1989 (v.93#1) pg. 61

Final touches. Round up of what's available in furniture finishes. Looks at oil polishing, wax polishing, french polishing, spray finishing and varnish.
WOODWORKER May 1989 (v.93#5) pg. 448

The art of French polishing. A few simple rules to give consistent results.
WOODWORKER Feb 1991 (v.95#2) pg. 152

Shellac and French polishing techniques explained.
WOODWORKER Jul 1995 (v.99#7) pg. 62

Bodying up for a brilliant shine. More instruction on the art of French polishing.
WOODWORKER Sep 1995 (v.99#9) pg. 68

Wood finishing. French polishing made easy.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.11#5) pg. 12

Beyond shellac. There is more to finishing than French polishing and more to French polishing than shellac. An introduction to fine finishing techniques. Looks at French polish, varnish, lacquer, oil, and waxes.

The art of French polishing. The rubber patterns are diagramed.