In my recent limited readings, (I still need to get Flexner) I have noticed
that authors always demonstrate high polish finishes (i.e. french polishing)
on the tabletop itself and never mention the rest of the piece (as in the
legs and aprons, in the case of a table). Is it typical to apply the same
technique to those areas, or just to the top since that is the focal point,
and something less labor intensive to the rest of the piece? If, in fact
you apply a different technique to the legs and aprons, what is typically
My votes with the no you don't kill yourself with other then the large
flat obvious portions of the piece. That doesn't mean you short change
the rest but you don't go the whole rubbing out routine. Sometimes you
may actually have to tone it down hair with some 0000 steel wool because
the high surface shine can conflict with the deeper rubbed out sheen.
"So, if I have applied 4 coats of varnish and sanded and polished the top,
then to the rest, I should apply 4 coats of varnish and rub to an acceptable
not in my book. The underside would get finished to nice sheen...that may take
two coats and then steel wood and wax. The top I would treat separetly. I may
do the 4 coats and sand and buff out but then that is cured, I would start the
entire buffing out process. I happen to use the 4 step Menzerna system along
with the Festool Rotex sanding/polisher. This page may help:
No, not necessarily. You just don't want a dramatic difference between
the highly polished top and the rest of the piece. That would be too
What you would probably want to do is NOT put on four coats just one or
two good coats on the lower unit. Then do what is necessary to have it
not glaringly contrast with the top. Sometimes it rubbing it sometimes
it is hitting it lightly with some 0000 steel wool.
There is no hard fast rule. All you can do is get your finish perfect on
the top and then get enough finish on the lower part so that it is
protected and, with the top on, looks pleasing to the eye.
That last part is the trick. When the piece is assembled you want people
to look at it and SEE the top and just have the bottom fade into the
background, not have the eye drawn too it, either because the finish is
too poor or too glossy, rather then the top.
I know that is a bit fuzzy but I hope that makes some sense.
Seems to me there are logical reasons for paying additional attention to the
surfaces that receive the most wear and need additional finish and areas
which "show" the piece off. The former is basically a pure functional
consideration, the latter an asthetic one .
Generally both of these premises have to be met, a piece that does not stand
up normal wear and tear is a failure as is a piece with a crappy finish.
Getting a good looking finish on a piece in the area where it is most
apparent usually involves more coats more elbow grease and more finish,
which in most cases covers the durability aspects. Areas that are not so
attention getting do not generally need the same finishing attention
[assuming we are not discussing valuable antiques and the like] because they
do not get the same wear and secondly the light strikes them at different
angles making finishing flaws etc less apparent.....mjh
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