Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Cleaning antique finishes
Response To:
Cleaning antique finishes ()

TomD
The problem is if you are on the young side, you may make the right decision for now about use and refinishing, and 30-50 years down the road it will be very costly. That thing that is a user today will be an antique in 50 years when 150 million more americans are in the house.

There is no one way to proceed, as there is no one finish to deal with. With tools I just make them the way I want them, though these days I use few wooden tools that are not made by me. But when I did the odd one, I cleaned them with an antique cleaner and then slaped on some whatever, normally an oil or wax.

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