Tag Archives: red lead

A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Seven

The external surfaces of the chest were washed down with hot soapy water to remove any wayward glue, grime and fingerprints. The chest was then stained and the first lick of spirit varnish applied to seal it (fig. 1). The … Continue reading

Posted in Case Furniture | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments


Is to give brightness to any subſtance. The method of polishing amongst cabinet-makers is various, as required in different pieces of work. Sometimes they polish with bees wax and a cork for inside work, where it would be improper to … Continue reading

Posted in Techniques | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Eleven

While waiting for other substances to dry on the show wood, I dealt with colouring and protecting the cabinet’s exposed external pine surfaces with a minium wash. It became common practice in the eighteenth-century to wash the back boards of … Continue reading

Posted in Case Furniture | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments