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    I blame YouTube, how many more Americanisms are we going to have to suffer ?

    There was a guy on the radio yesterday from the English spelling society talking about a campaign to simplify the English language. He made a lot of sense. Below is from their website. English spelling is broken. Let's fix it! English spelling is broken ... English spelling is broken. Examples...
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    Sam an East End Cabinet Maker

    In the post to you today Droogs.
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    Sam an East End Cabinet Maker

    No I had not, I would be worried about infringing copyright. Although it would be very easy to do, it is only some 35 pages!
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    Sam an East End Cabinet Maker

    You must have been in Paradise Row then! When were you there? Sam mentioned the roads where he worked but did not mention Paradise Road I think most of the workshops at his time were around Valance Road (home to the Krays) Voss street still had many workshops when I first moved there in 1979/80...
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    Sam an East End Cabinet Maker

    Droogs if you pm me your address I will pop it in the post to you.
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    Sam an East End Cabinet Maker

    I have a copy of 'Sam an east end cabinet maker' which I thought I had lost but recently found. It is a pamphlet publication of the memoirs of Sam Clarke who grew up in Bethnal Green and worked as a cabinet maker in the furniture industry around that area from the early 1920's. It gives a...
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    French Polish Problem.

    I think what has probably happened is you have a little bit of shrinkage on the one light (sycamore!) tile. The shrinkage is uneven giving you a bow shaped gap, it is possible you may get further shrinkage what with the pieces being solid. As I said before you could fill this gap and flat it...
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    French Polish Problem.

    I don't think another coat of shellac will fill the crack. I would fill the crack with a hard wax stick, rubbing the wax into the crack then levelling it off using the back of some old sandpaper. You can then put some more shellack on if it needs it.
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    Refinishing help

    Madaseyeh. Have you stripped the tops and are now wanting to match them back into the base?
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    Mystery tool another

    There are three Townsend's listed for Hereford, my guess would be George the glove maker, it looks like a leather workers tool to me but it is just a wild guess!!! Pigot's Commercial Directory of Herefordshire 1840 (Index) Townsend Charles Broad Street Ross Fruiterer 28, 29...
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    How can I revive this old french bed frame?

    You have completely misunderstood the op’s intentions. He said he wanted to revive the finish sympathetically retaining the patina!!!! If he did as you suggested and took a wire brush on a drill to it he would be left with driftwood!!!!
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    How can I revive this old french bed frame?

    I did not know you could buy ammonia in shops, I have just had a quick look, it seems what you can buy is just under 10% mine is industrial 33%. So the answer is yes you can use it. So if you are going down the road of making your own reviver here is my recipe. All measurements are approximate...
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    How can I revive this old french bed frame?

    If you rub an inconspicuous area with meths using fine wire wool or a nylon pad and the finish dissolves then it is shellac. If not it can be almost anything! What you have is a beech framed bed that was stained to look like walnut or possibly mahogany, the originals were mostly made from...
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