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Several thin layers of French polish successively applied to a piece greatly enhance marquetry motifs. A traditional technique is to damp a piece three times before it is stained and waxed. This wood treatment is still available upon request at our studio. But a piece's appearance and durability can be improved through more modern techniques such as applying products like pore-filling paste after the wood has been stained and before it is waxed.

Applying sealing varnish is also recommended for surfaces of tabletops, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets, and any other furniture that gets frequent use.

As shown in the photo, varnish (shellac flakes dissolved in 95% alcohol) is applied in a traditional way, using a rag rather than a brush.

 

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