French Polish by Smith and Rodger


French Polishing for Beginners

1 Day Course: 9am-4pm
Cost: £120.00 per person

All students are invited to bring a small item to work on (such as a small box, stool, table etc) but it is not essential as S&R will also provide pieces of timber. If you do bring your own piece please ensure all old finishes have been stripped off.

The course will cover the basic techniques and skills of hand French Polishing and restoration. Due to the time restriction all aspects will be covered but not in fine detail.


Learn How to French Polish

Course agenda:

  • Tea/coffee
  • Furniture Evaluation
  • Surface Preparation
  • Staining
  • Filling
  • Lunch
  • Sealing
  • Rubbering
  • Finishing with French Polish
  • Waxing
  • Questions
  • Includes use of equipment, protective items, materials and refreshments. On completion of the course a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

    French Polishing Course
    French Polishing for Beginners

    The aims of each course are to provide a basic understanding of the techniques and products used through demonstration and "hands on" learning. Our courses are conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with students encouraged to ask questions, and are both informative and enjoyable.

    Our satisfied customers have this to say about our courses:

    "I just wanted to say thank you for such a great day last week. The French Polishing course surpassed all my expectations and I couldn’t stop talking about it when I went home. Your instructors Eleanor and Lizzi are so relaxed and friendly, their enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone. I can’t wait to put the French polishing kit into use and hopefully attend the course again in the near future – it was that good!"
    David Ferguson Snr

    "The course was very enjoyable and well presented."
    Ann Paterson

    "A non-information overload course run in a happy and friendly manner."
    John S Sinclair

    "The course was great - the facilities and tutors were good and the introduction to Smith & Rodger products and price list first class."
    Alistair Deakin

    "The course was excellent with everything being covered that was required. The presentation and delivery of the various aspects was first class, and the attention paid to each of the eight course members was very in-depth."
    Tom Law


    To book a place on one of our courses print off, complete and fax back our Course Booking Form.

    Location & Accommodation

    Smith & Rodger is located a 15 minute walk from Glasgow City Centre and there are also ample parking spaces available for all evening classes. Click here for a map of our location.

    Overnight accommodation is available at discounted rates through our hotel booking partners

    Important note - unfortunately it is only financially viable to conduct courses once we have six people confirmed. If we are unable to fill a course students will be offered the next available date.

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    32-36 Elliot Street, Glasgow G3 8EA
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