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Thread: Tool Review - New Gramercy Brushes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Philadelphia, Pa

    Tool Review - New Gramercy Brushes

    I have now used the new 2" ox-hair finishing brush from Gramercy Tools,
    Tools for working Wood's branded name. This is a terrific brush. If
    you can't spray, this is the next best thing.

    This brush is beautifully shaped, with very soft bristles. Its primary
    plus is that it holds a good deal of finish, more than I have otherwise
    seen in a 2" brush, and applies it evenly. By dipping this brush into a
    2 pound cut of shellac by about 3/4" or a little less, I was able to
    pull a fully wet stroke for over 3 feet. This means that finishing is
    faster, and better. For a second coat of shellac, which of course
    dissolves the first coat since shellac is a solvent based evaporative
    finish, one does not want to be brushing out the finish like one would
    do with varnish, but rather simply applying a coat without working it at
    all. With this brush, the number of airplane landings is sharply reduced.

    I expected the brush to leave the typical puddles in inside corners, but
    it did not. By dipping the brush perhaps 1/4" into the finish pot, and
    then applying the brush to the surface with some care, there was no
    corner puddling. This was true even though I was shellacing already
    assembled drawer boxes, which are usually a pain.

    Since I will use this brush only with shellac, I lightly cleaned the
    brush, and wrapped it in paper to dry with some shellac still in the
    brush so that it would dry in its proper and natural shape. This brush
    is my new finishing friend.

    As with most things, you generally get what you pay for. It has a
    stainless steel ferrule, and a comfortable wood handle. Since this
    brush is new to us, I cannot comment on its longevity, but I would be
    quite surprised if it does not stand the test of time. If you finish
    with a brush, this looks like a good investment.
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    Alan Turner
    Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Houston, Texas
    I have had the same experience with these brushes. I have used 2 of the 3 sizes.Joel gave me a great education on brushes when I was in New York (about three weeks ago). He now has this "tutorial" on his web sight.


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