As we approach mid-summer my thoughts have already turned to Autumn and all of those indoor projects, don't worry, I shan't utter that word yet - its far too early!
Customers buying habits will soon change to focus on beautiful pieces for inside the home, blanket boxes, lighting, wicker baskets etc
If you are looking to purchase anything wooden or already have and it needs some love and attention one of the best I've tried is that from Will Kirk of the Repair Shop - his great wood restoration tip is to mix equal parts methylated spirits; linseed oil; and white wine vinegar - just mix in a jar and shake.
Make sure when you are applying any wax or oil, you go with the grain of the wood to avoid any streaking. If your wood is dirty then use
a clean cloth to buff so you don't reapply the dirt.
Jay Blades also suggests a nifty trick for small scratches in wood - crack open a walnut and remove all of the shell, gently rub the nut over the scratch and as you buff the warmth releases the oils from the walnut! I always use an old t-shirt to clean my pieces as the cotton doesn't leave any fibres, you can also use anything linen.
If you have water marks on unpolished wood use a tea towel or t-shirt to cover the mark and then iron the cloth to draw out the moisture, mayonnaise is also suggested but I haven't tried this one...
Don't be afraid of purchasing anything with woodworm holes, chances are the woodworm is dead, there is also a very high chance that wood c100 years old will have had woodworm at some point. Don't be alarmed by the tiny holes as this doesn't mean its live, and if it is it is very treatable with a commercial woodworm killer, just paint over affected area or insert straight in to the hole.
I love wood that has some age and character to it and this
often means bumps, cracks even paint, wood that has had sympathetic restoration or primitive repairs such as old staples or other pieces of wood just has such charm.
Here are some other tips to look at for specific issues.