FINISHING : Hand polishing techniques on 24-28 October 2016

John Lloyd Fine Furniture

Furniture Maker

Address: Bankside Farm Ditching Common, St Michaels Cottages, Burgess Hill, East Sussex RH15 0SJ
Telephone 01444 480338
FINISHING : Hand polishing techniques, inc. preparation, colouring, staining & French polishing
Whether as part of the restoration of an antique or as the final stage in making a piece of furniture, a sound understanding of the principles of finishing is essential. The object of this course is to present the various finishing processes in a simple, easily digested and approachable way, and is aimed at those who, out of choice or necessity, wish to achieve professional results using solely hand skills.


24-28 October 2016

5 days duration

Price £640
Requirements: Beginner/intermediate

General Course Content

This course is appropriate for both the complete beginner, and the more experienced restorer or furniture maker, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or would like to look at a new approach to an old subject. Whilst this course is described as “Traditional” hand finishing, it is in fact hand finishing using mainly traditional materials, but with an up-to-date slant. The methods that I teach for ‘French Polishing’ use simplified techniques which have evolved in our workshops over the years and make the process very approachable and less confusing.

All aspects of finishing wood will be covered, from the initial preparation, to final waxing. Test panels will be provided so that all of the techniques can initially be practiced in safety! These panels may also be taken away and used for later reference.

Students are also encouraged to bring along one or two smaller items of their own work that they have made or are restoring, or timbers / veneers that they are intending to use, and advice may then be given on designing appropriate finishing systems for them.

The aim of this course is that students will emerge with a thorough understanding of the principles of finishing, and a good grasp of various hand finishing techniques together with the confidence to use them.

Subjects Covered

  • Preparing wood for finishing
  • Colouring – using stains
  • Colouring – using chemicals
  • Grain filling – traditional and modern methods and materials
  • Filling minor defects – various fillers and techniques for using them
  • Blending defects and repairs – cosmetic colouring systems
  • Polish – making shellac & wax polish
  • Polishing – shellac “French polishing”
  • Modern polishing materials including heat resistant systems
  • Dealing with water damage and unwanted stains/marks