I understand it's not really French unless pumice is used, but whichever it is, I tried the technique on a cherry table that I built, and am so-so happy with the outcome. I have embedded "swirls" that won't come out,even when I did the alcohol-only pads... with a touch of oil for lube. I got a real nice shine and deep finish, but the swirls are seen..not badly, but noticable.... where did I mess up? I mixed fresh shellac... waited a day between steps(varying amounts of mixture).. my arm is sore, but I gotta make this right...it's a gift for my better-halfs' B-day TOMORROW!!!