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.