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French Polishing and other finishes:

18th century Cuban Mahogany dining table

This table had been previously repolished without stripping the old polish off first and so over time with the sun and wear & tear the colour had faded

First process for repolishing is to remove old polish and stain, prepare surface for new application of stain if necessary.

Once the chosen colour has had time to dry the first couple of coats of french polish can be applied by brush, these are referred to as mop coats.

The polished surface is flat back between each coat with fine abrasive paper until the final process of spritting over which is done with a cloth soaked in methylated spirit, this process lightly softens the polish and removes any imperfections.
Once this is done the surface can be burnished before a wax polish is applied that will increase the shine and protect the surface.

The finished table set out with 18 of the 24 dining chairs that are normally around it.
The finished top looked beautiful, it's just a shame the client didn't opt to have the legs and skirt re-polished as well.



Internal Door:












Originally this mahogany door was in a Dublin bar until the building was demolished then the door was shipped to the UK.

After we had stripped, repaired and re-polished the door it was fitted in a clients house.

Every 2 years I wax polish this door along with others in the house


Loo Table:

The table top in the photo below is what we call a Loo table.
Loo was a popular card game during the 1800's and often played by female family members.

The surface of this table had been damaged by water from a burst pipe overhead. the owners had not noticed the damage for a few days and as result the veneer had bubbled and lifted as well as the polish being destroyed.





















In order to repair the damage the original polish had to be removed before any repair work could be carried out on the veneer.
Once the veneer had been repaired the long slow task of French polishing the table could begin.
The photo above shows the finish after several coats of polish put on with a rubber.

The table will be left to stand for a few days before this finish is hard enough to flat back for the final stages in the polishing process.

'D' end Dining Table:















Victorian Mahogany 'D' end dining table, comprising of 2 end sections that can be removed and used as console tables, 2 extension leaves, 1 tip-top centre section and a small end section to use when one end is being used as a console table.
When together the table measures 12' x 4'.

The table was removed to our workshops to be stripped ans have the first few coats of polish applied, then returned to the clients house where the rest of the french polishing undertaken.

 It took a total of 3 weeks to complete the re-polishing work.

The chairs were bought by the client and restored to match the dining table at a later date.


Rosewood tip-top Breakfast table:

After years of being in front of a window with direct sun light shining onto the table surface the owners decided to have the table repolished.

It had been restored several years ago and a white filler had been used on the edges to fill some gaps, this had become unsightly and the client wanted it changed.





Once stripped of the old polish and re-french polished the true beauty of the Rosewood shone through.

 I was able to colour the white filler making it no longer an eyesore.








When finished the top was returned to the client and re-united with the base.













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