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How to Refinish Mahogany Table with French Polish

This little table was pretty severely damaged. The back piece was broken into many pieces and the drawer was missing it's bottom! There was simply no finish left on this antique mahogany side table or night stand. Underneath all this damage I saw hope that I could restore it to it's original splendor!

Since it was made of mahogany, I thought it would also be a good project to use a French Polish as the final finish. I had never tried using a French Polish before so you can see for yourself how hard it is for a newbie to apply!

I sought guidance from another YouTuber, Fabian's Tiny Workshop, regarding how to apply a French Polish Finish. So, I give a great big shout out and thank you to my German counterpart, Fabian, for his very informative video, "How to Apply French Polish." Below is the link with his detailed instructions:

I also used a new product that is just now being released, the Rock Rocker DUST FREE table saw. Anyone that has ever used a table saw knows what a mess they make throwing dust EVERYWHERE. (I even have to clean my ears after using it inside because I find dust in my ears!) I was sent one of these table saws to test and I accepted it with the condition that I will be honest in my review so they were taking a risk that I might not like it and will then tell my viewers this! After using it to cut some plywood for this table I can honestly say that I really DID like it! AND THERE WAS NO DUST! It was amazing!

Watch the video to see my review and to see it in action. Rock Rocker is giving a discount to my viewers to purchase this on Amazon so you will receive almost $100 off the regular retail price:

Below is the link and the discount code for my viewers is 05FFPCODE

I do not know how long this promotion/discount will be in effect so I would not delay if I were you if you are interested in getting one of these table saws.

This video has spoken explanation how to do a French Polish finish as well as my review of the table saw. The remainder of the video is only shop sounds so it is like you are looking over my shoulder as I work!

Watch the entire video showing this complete restoration on my YouTube Channel. The link is below:

Supplies used in this video:

Rock Rocker dust free table saw

Krud Kutter

Mister for water

Cheese Cloth

Respirator with safety glasses

Dust mask

Mineral Spirits

Klean Strip Paint Stripper

Steel Wool Pads #3

Steel Wool Pads super fine

1 quart waxed Shellac

Denatured Alcohol

Dewalt Orbital Sander

9 in one painters tool

putty knife set

220 grit sandpaper for orbital sander

Varathane Gel Stain Red Mahogany

Distilled White Vinegar

Small brush set brass, stainless steel & nylon

Additional products I find helpful in flipping furniture:

Zibra grip n glide 2 inch paint brush

Assorted Sanding Sponges

Gray wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)

Beech wood contact paper (for drawer bottoms)Chair Table Leg floor protectors

Respirator with safety glasses

Respirator Replacement Cartridges

Rub N Buff

Replacement battery for Ryobi power tools

Ryobi 7 1/4 in Battery powered Miter Saw

Ryobi Electric 7 1/4 in Miter Saw

Irwin 24 inch bar clamp (I use at least 2 each time I need them)

Steel Bar Clamps

5in Clear stretch wrap film (to protect furniture for delivery)

18 in clear stretch wrap film

22 in wooden drawer slide (cut to fit)

Tack in Drawer Glides

Orange Oil to make furniture wax

Beeswax Pellets to make furniture wax

Mitre Shears

Tape & Drape plastic film with masking tape edge

Weldbond Multi Purpose Glue

1/8 in x 36 in. unfinished dowel rods

Japanese pull saw

Mitre Shears

Electric Hand Planer

Contour Scraper from Harbor Freight

Please read all labels and follow all manufacturer safety recommendations when working with paints, stains, and other equipment and wear and use appropriate personal protection equipment. Viewers should attempt these projects at their own risk.

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