I have a 90 year old mahogany buffet that needs a pretty solid restoration job. Some of the planks that make up its top have lifted by a few mil, but most of the work is simply cleaning it up. I'm not sure how the wood is finished, it seems french polished but I do not know much about 1920s furniture.

What is the best way to attack this project?


You stated that your buffet is French Polished. French polishing is the technique of buffing in shellac mixed with alcohol and oil to a high gloss finish in many thin coats. If you attempt to sand down the differences in the slat matches, you will be in a situation to completely refinish the piece. French polish can be easily touched up with a cloth pad and a mix of above ingredients, but refinishing from scratch using the French polish method is an art form and extremely time consuming. There is no way I know to even out the displacement of the planks without some precise sanding. Good luck.

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