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.
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...
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