Historical Reprints Self Improvement/Skills French Polishing and Enamelling

French Polishing and Enamelling

French Polishing and Enamelling
Catalog # SKU1732
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Richard Bitmead


French Polishing
and Enamelling

A Practical Work of Instruction
Numerous Recipes For Making
Polishes, Varnishes,
Glaze-Lacquers, Revivers, Etc.

Richard Bitmead

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Early in the present century the method generally adopted for polishing furniture was by rubbing with beeswax and turpentine or with linseed-oil. That process, however, was never considered to be very satisfactory, which fact probably led to experiments being made for the discovery of an improvement. The first intimation of success in this direction appeared in the Mechanic's Magazine of November 22, 1823, and ran as follows: "The Parisians have now introduced an entirely new mode of polishing, which is called plaque, and is to wood precisely what plating is to metal. The wood by some process is made to resemble marble, and has all the beauty of that article with much of its solidity. It is even asserted by persons who have made trial of the new mode that water may be spilled upon it without staining it." Such was the announcement of an invention which was destined ultimately to become a new industry.

The following pages commence with a description of the art of French Polishing in its earliest infancy, care having been taken by the Author, to the best of his ability, to note all the new processes and manipulations, as well as to concisely and perspicuously arrange and describe the various materials employed, not only for French polishing but for the improving and preparation of furniture woods, a matter of great importance to the polisher. The arts of Staining and Imitating, whereby inferior woods are made to resemble the most costly, are also fully treated, as well as the processes of Enamelling, both in oil-varnishes and French polish, together with the method of decorating the same. The condition of the art of polishing in America is dwelt upon, and various interesting articles written by practical polishers in the States, which appeared in their trade journal, The Cabinet-maker, have been revised and printed in this work.

A number of valuable recipes, and other instructive matter, useful alike to the amateur and to the practical workman, are also given.


Author's Preface

Chapter I. The Improving and Preparation of Furniture Woods
Dyed Polishes.

Chapter II. Stains and Imitations
Imitation Mahogany.
Imitation Rosewood.
Imitation Walnut.
Imitation Ebony.
Imitation Oak.
Imitation Satin-wood.
A Blue Stain.
A Green Stain.
A Purple Stain.
A Red Stain.
Imitation Purple-wood Stain.
Chemicals used in Staining.
Process of Staining.
Ready-made Wood Stains.

Chapter III. French Polishing
The Polish Used.
"French Polish."
Applying the Polish.
Prepared Spirits.
Antique Style.
Dull or Egg-shell Polish.
Polishing in the Lathe.

Chapter IV. Cheap Work
Charcoal Polishing.

Chapter V. Re-Polishing Old Work

Chapter VI. Spirit Varnishing
Brushes and Pencils.
Mode of Operation.
East Indian Varnishes.

Chapter VII. General Instructions
Remarks on Polishing.
The Polishing Shop.

Chapter VIII. Enamelling
Mode of Operation.
Another Process.

Chapter IX. American Polishing Processes
Use Of Fillers.
Making Fillers.
Japan of the Best Quality.
Fillings for Light Woods.
Another for Light Woods.
For Mahogany or Cherry Wood.
For Oak Wood.
For Rosewood.
For Black Walnut
For Black Walnut
An Oil-Colour for Black Walnut
Black Walnut Finishing.
Finishing Veneered Panels, etc.
For Light Woods (Dead Finish).
Mahogany or Cherry Wood.
Rosewood, Coromandel, or Kingwood (a Bright Finish).
Finishing Cheap Work.
With One Coat of Varnish.
Wax Finishing.
A Varnish Polish.
With Copal or Zanzibar Varnish.
Polishing Varnish.
An American Polish Reviver.

Chapter X. Miscellaneous Recipes
Oil Polish.
Wax Polish.
Waterproof French Polish.
A Varnish for Musical Instruments.
French Varnish for Cabinet-work.
Mastic Varnish.
Cabinet-maker's Varnish.
Amber Varnish.
Colourless Varnish with Copal.
Seedlac Varnish.
Patent Varnish for Wood or Canvas.
Copal Varnish.
Carriage Varnish.
Transparent Varnish.
Crystal Varnish for Maps, etc.
A Black Varnish.
A Black Polish
Varnish for Iron.
Varnish for Tools.
To Make Labels Adhere to a Polished Surface.
How to Remove French Polish or Varnish from Old Work.
Colouring for Carcase Work.
Cheap but Valuable Stain for the Sap of Black Walnut.
Polish for Removing Stains, etc., from Furniture (American).
Walnut Stain to be used on Pine and White-wood.
Rosewood Stain.
Rosewood Stain for Cane Work, etc.
French Polish Reviver.
Morocco Leather Reviver.
Hair-cloth Reviver.
To Remove Grease Stains from Silks, Damasks, Cloth, etc.
To Remove Ink Stains from White Marble.

Chapter XI. Materials Used
Persian Berries
Dragon's Blood
Venice Turpentine.
Oil of Turpentine
Methylated Spirits.

Softcover, 5¼" x 8¼", 115+ pages

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