Making a polissior polisher

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  • #49814
    Greg Merritt
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    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.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

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  • #49816
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    Of course I did a drawing…

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

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    #49819
    Dave Riendeau
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    @dave

    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.

    -Canada

    #49830
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    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.com

    #49831
    Dave Riendeau
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    @dave

    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.

    -Canada

    #50154
    David Gill
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    @daveg

    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 :

    #50216
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    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.com

    #50223
    Serhiy D’yachyshyn
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    @safron

    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, Canada

    #50546
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    Your welcome Serhiy and thank you for your kind words about my drawing.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #50598
    Carlos J. Collazo
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    @handworkenthusiast

    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.

    #50599
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    I just received a nod on Chris Schwarz Popular Woodworking blog.

    Make Yourself a Nice Polissoir

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #50600
    Mark Armstrong
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    @nobby1967

    Well done Greg 😉

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #50602
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    Thank you Carlos and Mark.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #51609
    Carlos J. Collazo
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    @handworkenthusiast

    Way to go on getting the nod, Greg!

    New Jersey, U.S.A.

    #52545
    sidreilley
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    @sidreilley

    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.

    Cheers

    #52676
    Greg Merritt
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    @gman3555

    Thanks Randy. Its really easy to make one, go for it. I did try mine on a piece of pine and it worked really well. Not as well as on the harder cherry sample but still glass smooth with a nice sheen.

    Here is link to more information on the polissoir:
    http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/cSchwarz/z_art/Polissoir/Polissoir-01.asp

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

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