A few weeks back I asked the forum about refinishing my moisture damaged 1930's art deco style (folding) card table [most likely mahogany veneer]. The general consensus was that it needed to be refinished (as opposed to being repaired). Although I had not asked, most suggested that I use polyurethane to finish this piece because, most likely, I will be using it as a table for my printers. Truth be told, I don't particularly care for the look of poly (too plasticy for a period piece) -- but totally understood everyone's opinion, since it will be a 'functional' table as opposed to 'just for looks'. I also have a thing about using materials that were probably not used during its initial creation -- but, again, totally understood those that suggested the poly - for practical reasons - so the use of poly was 'still on the table'. :-)
While mulling over all this - that using what was originally on the piece: shellac or varnish, just probably isn't practical and is a fool's errand, I came across a product that I rarely see woodworker's talk about (since it appears to be mainly for the floor refinishing industry -- but, hey, wood is wood): OSMO color and hard wax finish system. It almost seems like the best of both worlds: increased durability with a natural look. Sure, it is not as durable as poly -- but if it is primarily used for floors, I'm guessing it is right up with poly - and definitely more durable than shellac or varnish/lacquer. And because printers don't move, I felt that amount of actual abuse this table would be up against, really isn't all that much. Doing a You Tube search does not yield much for furniture restoration -- but what I did come up with looks like it has potential (
But before I look into this further, I thought I would circle back with you guys and hear your opinions. One thing is clear -- you can't used any fillers as a base for this products - so those that suggested a filler for the open pored mahogany, I did wonder how that would effect the end result (would it be blotchy, etc?) without the use of a filler coat.