Hey all. Wanted to share a life-long hobby of mine: furniture restoration. It may have begun in wood shop when I learned the basics of making small furniture items and finishing them off. Though I think my mum might have planted a seed, she was the ingenious one who, instead of throwing something out, like a chair or a pillow, would recover it. My dad was a garbage collector back in the day before such existed (picked up people's trash in a pick-up and took it to the dump for a small fee) and was always bringing stuff home that needed work. Anyway, hate to see a perfectly good piece of furniture dumped simply because it needs some sprucing up, a new paint job, a drawer fixed or a varnish job. Have learned patience and practiced love with each piece I've done. Wanted to share something I now do when finishing a wood piece (I'll add a pic of one). Instead of the three to seven coats of clear or satin varnish (each sanded before the next applied) which leaves a nice protective sheen that also adds depth to the finish, I've recently started using Teak oil and bee's wax instead. The oil I rub in a couple of times, then let age a day or so. Then I rub bee's wax all over the piece until it's all covered, then rub with a warm, soft cloth until it shines. Better than varnish (doesn't smell bad and don't have to clean the brush with turpentine), especially since I heat the house with a wood stove and that tends to damage synthetic varnishes. Of course, have to re-wax every couple of years, but it's like giving that furniture a loving caress once in a while. Anyone else have tricks they use when restoring old furniture? peace, revel.