By Philippa Barstow
In attaining the suitable end on all of your furnishings and woodwork, either new and vintage. this is specialist suggestion on instruction, procedure and difficulties. every little thing is roofed stripping and cleansing, bleaching and stains, shellacking and waxing, and selecting the best polish.
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Sanding pads Very new on the market, these are made from thin polyurethane foam with silicon carbide grit glued to both sides (see List of Suppliers). They come in fine and coarse grades and are very useful when sanding turnings. We now use them a great deal instead of garnet paper when papering polish. We do not use them on bare wood as they do not have a sharp enough cutting edge. Despite our comments above we have found that on these sanding pads the silicon carbide abrades the polish, but does not cut it.
It is best used on table bases and chairs. Button polish or special button polish should be used on top of pale amber varnish for the finishing stages. Special button polish This is usually used for the finishing stages after a 50:50 mix of button and amber varnish has been second coated on to a job. It gives a quick shine and helps to remove oil at the finishing stages. It should be used only on cheaper work and never on table tops. It should never be used in conjunction with heat-resisting pale polish.
Where the furniture to be repaired is more modern this is probably the best glue to use. Cramps are invaluable when holding a piece together to reglue it. The ratchet webbing cramp, only recently available, is ideal for awkward items (Fig. 34). However, some jobs require the use of more than one cramp at a time so having a wide range is essential. g. for veneers or in small awkward areas. joints and faults should all be filled where necessary. g. g. Brummer or Quirk-O, which is available in a range of colours) shellac sticks (beaumontage) Epoxy resin filler Bought complete with a tube of hardener, this is particularly useful on large holes, timber splits, edges and corners.