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#1 posted 10-09-2012 12:35 AM

I hear that argument a lot, however I feel a little differently. Unless your piece goes in a climate/humidity controlled curated museum with no UV exposure and minimal human contact, it’s safe to say any finish will deteriorate and be in need of repair within it’s usable life. I’d like my projects to be used as they should, and wear as they should. When they get handed down to kids, and then grand kids, what better way to pay homage to the creator than to put your personal touch into the piece and restore the finish. I recently did that with a pair of dressers that my great grandfather made in the 1900’s. They were passed to my grandfather, then my mother, then on to me. They look amazing now and I thoroughly enjoyed refinishing them (with shellac just as he did originally, 105 years later). He died long before I was born but I am sure would be proud to see his work looking like it did the first time he took that step back to admire it.


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