A Polisher’s Handbook
Finishing Techniques for Australian Woodworkers
Fifth Edition 2016
by Neil Ellis
145 x 205mm
Published by U-Beaut
Publishing, Moolap, VIC.
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Neil Ellis, the author of A
Polishers Handbook, is an accomplished woodcarver, woodturner and finisher,
who many may know as the man who makes and promotes the 'u Beaut range of polishes.
background in polishing is extensive - he was commissioned by the Victorian Education
Department in the early 80's to conduct in-service workshops throughout the state,
to teach the teachers how to teach polishing - and he continues to produce commissions
for major clients, most recently a Huon Pine State coat of arms, for the Courts
of Appeal (Melbourne).
has been teaching himself and others about finishing for a long time, and all
of the knowledge he has gathered about traditional polishing techniques, primarily
using shellac, are compiled in his book. Designed for use in the workshop, it
is ring bound and covered with plastic for protection.
book covers all stages of finishing, from gluing up to surface preparation, to
choosing a finish and applying it. The focus is on various techniques of polishing
with shellac, and the text will solve the mystery of french polishing for all
but the most stubborn of readers.
chapter on Stains, Dyes & Chemicals reveals a lot of dirty old secrets many might
have thought lost forever.
has also included many recipes for various waxes, furniture creams and polish
revivers, oil finishes, woodgrain fillers, French polishes, tack rags, water and
oil rubbing compounds, leaving no doubt in the reader's mind that the book is
more than just a package for promoting his range of products. He makes a point
of humourously pointing out when he is giving his products a plug, and when he
does, it reflects a sincere belief in their quality.
special section on finishing for turners focuses on sanding, troubleshooting and
how to get the most out of a variety of finishes.
list of materials included in the book gives uses for various chemicals that are
used in finishing, and complements the excellent glossary and index.
Black & White
Stripping, Cleaning up Stripping, Stripping Hints, Caution,
Dressing, Removing Bruises, Bruise Removal on Veneered Timber,
Stopping, Cleaning Up, Staining, Staining Hints, Filling In.
Skinning In, The Swooge (Fad), The Swooge Coat, Making the
Polishers Rubber, The Work Begins, Hints and Tips, Bodying Up, Extremely Important,
Stiffing Up, Johns Method of Stiffing, Notes.
Colouring and Matching, Bleaching, Dulling Down, Acid or Vitriol
- More Information
What is it, How to Mix Shellac, French Polish, How
to Use Shellac Polish, Applying With a Brush, Waxed French Polish, French Polished
Finish, Spraying, Coloured French Polish, Dewaxed White Shellac, Stained Timber,
Sanding Sealer - Application, Special Hint - Shellac and Talc.
A Bed Time Story, How it Should Be Done, Hide Glue, More on Hide Glue
- Pearl Glue, Powder Glue, Heating the Glue, Other Glues, PVA Glue, Aliphatic,
Urea & Resorcinol Resin Glue, Contact Adhesive, Cyanoacrylate (Superglue),
Hot Melt Glue.
Grading, Types of Paper, Glass Paper, Flint, Garnet, Sanding, Wetting
down, Mechanical Sanding, Disc Sanders, Belt Sanders, Orbital Sander,
Random Orbital Sander, Other Sanders, Tips for Hand Sanding, Making Your
Own Block Sander, Hand Sanding Without a Block, Joke Time Again.
Dyes and Chemicals
Stains - Pigment, Binder, Carrier, Stain Examples l & 2, Dyes, Old Dyes
- Logwood, Yellowood, Brazilwood, Walnut Crystals, Cochineal, Madder Root,
Liquid Nightmare, Tea. Mordants, Chemical Treatment - Potassium Bichromate,
A Little Experiment, Sulphate of Iron/Green Copperas, Vandyke Crystals,
Alkalis, Danger. Modern Synthetic Dyes, Water Soluble Dyes, Alcohol Soluble,
Oil Soluble, Notes, Joke.
Spraying, Nitrocellulose Lacquer, Sanding Sealer, Applying the
Lacquer, Some Rules For Spraying, Polyurethane, My Method of Applying Polyurethane,
Finishing the Finish, Matt Finish, Satin Finish, Bright Finish, Oil Finishes -
Tung Oil, Danish Oil, Danger, Linseed Oil, Organoil - A Quick Lesson. Notes on
Oil Finishes, Wax Polishes, The Problem With Beeswax, Traditional Wax, Methods
of Use, For Antiques, For Woodcarvings, For Woodturners, For Furniture. Good Question
Safety First. The Fun Begins - Walnut Brew, Liquid Nightmare, Tea Stain,
Potassium Bichromate, Potassium Permanganate, Copper Sulphate, Tannic
Acid. Wax Polishes - Recipe Number l (beeswax paste) No 2 (hard bright
wax) No 3 (soft wax polish) Extra Ingredients. Furniture Cream, Polish
Revivers - Revivers No 1, 2, 3. Oil Finishes - No 1, 2, 3, 3A. Woodgrain
Filler - Oil Based, Water Based. Beaumontage, French Polish Button Shellac,
Flake Shellac, Granulated White Lac, Tops. Note on Shellac Shelf Life.
Tack Rag. A Make Your Own Boo-Boo. Final Note on Making Your Own. Saying.
Decorative Finishing, Decorative Shellac, Applying the Finish, Gesso The
Fun Finish, Textured Gesso, Lets Make Some Gesso, Recipe 1, Effect No
1 (Stippled), No 2 (rolled brush), No 3 (Bagged), More on Gesso, Recipe
2, Using Recipe 2 - Effect No 1 (3 colour cut through) No 2 (Marble) Still
More Gesso, Decorated Oak. Marbling, Water Marbling, Lets Do Some Marbling.
Scumbling, One For the Drips, Let us Dribble, The Bottom Line, Gilding
- Water Gilding, Oil Gilding, Let us Gild.
& Weather Worn
Burnt Finish, Light Edge Burn (Spanish Style), Burntwood
(Heavy eroded style) Weather Worn Simulations. Sandblasting, Hints & Tips,
Sanding Techniques - Wet Sanding, Method, Tip for Sanding & Polishing
Thin Walled Bowls, Rotary Sander, Finishes & Decoration, Shellawax,
Danish Oil, Organoil, Cynoacrylate, Warning, Waxes, Wax Over Shellac,
Decoration, Burnt Rim, Casting resin cove, Windows, Colours
A Brief History. Shellawax - Small Bowls, Hand rubbing. Shellawax
Cream - For Woodturners, For Woodcarvers, on Flat Surfaces, Tips and Tricks. EEE-Ultra
Shine - For Woodturners, on Crushed Velvet, Finishing the Finish, For Stone, For
Polishers & Restorers. Traditional Wax - Coloured Wax, Polish Reviver. Non
Toxic Water Dyes. Shellac, French Polish, White Polish, Sanding Sealer. Talc,
Tripoli Powder, Woodturners Waxtik. Shellawax Problem Solver. Woodworking Australia.
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