VARNISHING WOODWORK

THE object of varnishing woodwork, whether painted or not, is to give it a glossy, hard surface which dust will not cling. To, and therefore is easily cleaned, and to exclude damp. Being transparent, it does not conceal what it is laid over. The varnishes most commonly used for woodwork are called oil varnishes, because … Read more

ABOUT PAINTS

THE ingredients of ordinary paints are white lead or zinc white; raw or boiled linseed oil, or both; turpentine; driers; and, in the case of coloured paints, pigment. The first is the base, or chief protective material; the oil enables the base to be distributed by the brush, and when it dries, that is, hardens … Read more

Fretwork

Fretwork, when carried out in good materials from good designs, can be highly artistic, especially when it embraces inlaying and overlaying with metals, xylonite and other hard substances which the fretsaw is able to deal with. To carry it out in a pleasing manner requires a good deal of practice, and much care. The Outfit. … Read more