A Spit-Shine Wax Finish
This polishing technique gives you a glass-like surface that is easy to repair
Synopsis: Try this method for adding a wax finish to furniture as an alternative to the traditional shellac-based French Polish. Hobbyist woodworker Mladen K. Vranjican details his technique for creating a reflective polished finish on a mahogany table, first by sealing the surface with Danish oil and polyurethane, then by hand-rubbing the surface with paste wax and water. His four-step application method is simple and makes for easy repairs down the road.
From Fine Woodworking #170
Polishing is one subject that’s familiar to me. Since adolescence, one of my hobbies has been making telescope optics, and, having been in military service for 18 years, I’ve put a spit shine on my shoes and boots on many occasions. So naturally, when I first took up woodworking as a hobby, the art of putting a French polish on furniture piqued my interest.
After some experimenting, I concluded there are two things about…