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Restoring a Victorian Windsor Spoon Back Chair

    We were approached earlier this year by one of the fastest growing creative agencies, Original Concept Productions who had been commissioned by Fine Living TV, to make a series of 'idents' for their channel. We met in January and discussed a number of concepts. Their remit was to film a number of different restoration projects from start to finish such as a piece of broken fine china and even an old tapestry. Ours would be the complete restoration of a piece of antique furniture. Fortunately we had a victorian walnut spoon-back open-arm chair that was in very poor condition and was in need of a comprehensive restoration. As the whole process would take about six weeks to complete, the film company would...

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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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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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