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French Polishing for Different Wood Types

Understand how the French polishing process may vary depending on the type of wood.

Hello, fellow woodcare warriors! Today at WoodFixers, we’re looking at how the French polishing process can vary depending on the type of wood. So, whether you’re working with oak or mahogany, read on for some valuable insights.

French Polishing Hardwoods

Hardwoods like oak, mahogany, and walnut respond well to French polishing. Their dense structure allows for a deep, lustrous finish. However, some hardwoods with a more open grain may require grain filler for a smoother surface.

French Polishing Softwoods

Softwoods, such as pine, can also be French polished, but extra care is needed. Their porous nature can make the polishing process more challenging, and it may require more layers of shellac for a satisfactory finish.

Considerations for Different Wood Tones

The colour of the wood can also affect the outcome. Dark woods like mahogany can enhance the rich, amber tone of the shellac, while lighter woods may require a toned shellac to achieve the desired effect.


French polishing is a versatile process that can be adapted for different types of wood. Understanding these variations is key to achieving the best finish.

Whether you’re restoring an antique or finishing a new piece, the team at WoodFixers is here to help. With our expertise, we can ensure the right approach for your wood type. To learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Stay tuned for more woodcare wisdom from your friendly team at WoodFixers!