A thorough cleaning is an important first step in any furniture renewal project. Removing decades of dirt and grime often restores much of the original luster. Kevin says it’s hard to believe, but it’s perfectly OK to wash furniture with soap and water.
Before you start any repairs or touch-up, wipe on mineral spirits to help you decide what your next steps should be. The mineral spirits temporarily saturates the finish to reveal how the piece of furniture will look with nothing more than a coat of wipe-on clear finish. Don’t worry; this won’t harm the finish. If it looks good, all you have to do is clean the surface and apply an oil-based wipe-on finish. If the surface looks bad even when wetted with mineral spirits, you’ll have to take…
great tutorial on how to refinish old wood furniture. it is WAY easier than i thought! http://www.jonpeters.com/ I recently refinished a Mahogany writing desk, I used Zip Strip to remove the old finish.
A paste made from sanding dust and lacquer sealer was troweled over the entire floor to fill any cracks between the boards. Using dust from the floor in the filler ensures that it will match the wood perfectly.