- 5 April 2014 at 10:35 pm #49814
Over on Chris Schwarz blogs, he has been discussing the use of the french polissior (polisher) to create a burnished and waxed finish. Its a simple tool and I’m a big fan of natural finishes, so I gave it a try. I made my own from an old whisk broom and twine. It turned out pretty well. I then used it, along with some bees wax, on a piece of cherry. WOW! Unbelievably smooth finish. Its worth a look.
You must be logged in to access attached files.5 April 2014 at 10:36 pm #49816
Of course I did a drawing…
You must be logged in to access attached files.5 April 2014 at 11:17 pm #49819Dave RiendeauParticipant
Fantastic Greg. I too like natural finishes and I will definitely go fins a broom to try this out. Would any kind of wax work with this? Am wondering about an oil finish with beeswax.
-Canada6 April 2014 at 1:02 am #49830
Thanks Dave. As to what waxes will work? I’m not sure. I just tried it on a small section of my cutting board, which is oiled with Tried and True oil finish that contains bees wax. I did not add any additional bees wax and the finish turned out the same as in my sample photo. So far I’m impressed with this method. Its not for every project, but has its uses.
http://hillbillydaiku.com6 April 2014 at 1:14 am #49831Dave RiendeauParticipant
Another method of burnishing I have discovered is for edges, just use a piece of hard wood and you can rub it along a camfer to round it and polish it.
I like this tool Greg it would seem like it would be very useful in a number of applications, thanks much for posting it.
-Canada6 April 2014 at 9:21 am #50154David GillParticipant
Greg That was new I have never seen or heard of this process before, I doubt if I would ever make one but I think your drawing is fantastic,
Wigan, Lancs. England :6 April 2014 at 2:48 pm #50216
Thanks David. This process of finishing was something I had never heard of before either. So I had to try it. It really is fairly quick and the resulting finish is glass smooth. It took me just a minute to do the piece of cherry in my photo. From what I have read, the finish is durable and requires very little maintenance.
As to the drawing, I had to up my game. 🙂
http://hillbillydaiku.com6 April 2014 at 2:59 pm #50223Serhiy D’yachyshynParticipant
Thanks for posting Greg)And I agree with David your drawings is really great) polissior finish …I don’t know may be some time in the future)))
Thanks again for sharing with us)
Toronto, Canada6 April 2014 at 8:28 pm #50546
Your welcome Serhiy and thank you for your kind words about my drawing.
http://hillbillydaiku.com6 April 2014 at 9:37 pm #50598Carlos J. CollazoParticipant
yes. Greg , that is a neat finishing option I didn’t know existed. Nice drawing a pleasure to look at. And knot skills are wonderful thing to have. As soon as some time opens up I will try to acquire a larger knot repertoire. Has so many practical applications.
New Jersey, U.S.A.6 April 2014 at 9:39 pm #50599
I just received a nod on Chris Schwarz Popular Woodworking blog.
http://hillbillydaiku.com6 April 2014 at 9:52 pm #50600Mark ArmstrongParticipant
Well done Greg 😉
Dagenham, Essex, England6 April 2014 at 10:05 pm #50602
Thank you Carlos and Mark.
http://hillbillydaiku.com7 April 2014 at 6:05 am #51609Carlos J. CollazoParticipant
Way to go on getting the nod, Greg!
New Jersey, U.S.A.7 April 2014 at 8:38 pm #52545sidreilleyParticipant
Cool Greg, I’ve been trying to buy one of those from Don Williams for 4-5 months now but he doesn’t seem to respond to e-mails. Guess I’ll find an old broom and try your method. Thought about doing it with hose clamps but that just seemed too red-neck. I’m anxious to try it on some pine.
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