Step Subsequent Coats

After wiping the sanded surface clean with a dry cloth, apply the next coat. This coat won't need nearly as much sanding, and each succeeding coat will require less. The final smoothing should be with a very fine (4/0 grade) steel wool. After this treatment, allow the piece to cure for 24 to 48 hours before applying a coat of paste wax.

Shellac should be applied carefully to avoid air bubbles. The material is laid down, as is varnish. Be sure that the brush marks overlap.

HOW TO CREATE One of the finest THE FRENCH finishes, often POLISH found on valuable antique pieces, is the French polish. This is a deep, lustrous, translucent shellac -and-linseed oil finish made by rubbing coat after coat of shellac onto the furniture surfaces. If you are working with true antiques, you should know how to apply it.

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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