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Simon Gilboy


Polishing Antique Furniture with Beeswax Polish: Before & After, Side-By-Side Comparison

I was rummaging around in the container just outside here. We have a large shipping container where we store all of our bits of old furniture that we use for repairs. And I stumbled across these two panels. Now look at these, two mahogany panels that are identical. I'm going to wax one and leave one. So we've got a before and after. People are always asking us about our polishes and why they're so good and why we as furniture restorers make them.

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Simon Gilboy


How To Polish & Protect Your Grandfather Clock

Most people are emotionally attached to a grandfather or longcase clock, far more than that of a chair or table. There's always a story behind a grandfather clock. So naturally you'll want to take the best care of it to ensure it will remain in the best possible condition as it passes through the generations. It's quite common for us to hear that an old grandfather clock has "been in the family for donkey’s years". In this article we're only going to talk about our area of expertise, wood preservation and the outer case, as opposed to the interior workings which is entirely the domain of the horologist.Our first piece of advice is always, before applying polish, to make sure the...

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Simon Gilboy


What is the best wood polish for antique and vintage furniture?

TL;DR? - Just Take Me To The Best Beeswax Furniture Polish Already! Who am I? My name is Simon Gilboy and in 1987 at the age of 16 I was one of the last apprentices at Staverton Joinery in Totnes, South Devon. Staverton Joinery was owned by Dartington Trust at the time and employed up to 100 full time craftsmen, the majority of which had also been apprenticed by the Trust. Staverton Joinery attained a huge amount of respect within its field and was known throughout the country for decades as being one of the best joineries in the country producing furniture for the wealthiest of clients worldwide. In March 1994 I opened the doors to my own furniture restoration business with...

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Simon Gilboy


The Professional Way to Wax Polish Antique and Vintage Furniture

If the surface to be polished is particularly dirty clean it with a slightly damp cloth and wipe dry Lay a dust sheet on the floor if you are polishing in a sensitive environment Apply the wax sparingly to the surface with ‘0000’ wire wool (It’s like cotton wool) or a soft cloth Apply in small amounts evenly and in the direction of the grain (avoid over application) Allow to dry and harden for at least 30 mins or more, longer if you can, overnight is ideal Buff with a clean cloth in the direction of the grain 

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