Reviving a Cedar Chest

posted 6 Oct 2011, 13:20 by Patrick Robinson   [ updated 6 Oct 2011, 13:23 ]
An example of surface revival to a cedar chest of drawers. The later, darker stained varnish was carefully removed with very fine steel wool and a homemade reviver to reveal the original shellac finish beneath. Care must be taken not to remove this original layer, or a sudden darkening (the bare cedar) will result.
The lighter colour of the original finish is a result of many years of oxidisation and is "trapped" in the thin shellac.