A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Six

The side table was stained and oiled in a matter of a few hours, but the cool weather slowed the drying time down considerably. We had a spell of sunny weather which heated the Tin Toolbox (my workshop) to an agreeable level and allowed the finish to cure. A few days later and I was able to burnish it, fit the brassware and wax it.

The finished side table.

Drawer fronts.

A router can’t match the effect achieved by a scratchstock.

Les culs de bébés

… face-on…

… and bird’s eye view.

A knee…

… and a pad foot.


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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10 Responses to A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Six

  1. Eric R says:

    Magnificent work.
    Absolutely top notch.
    Bravo !


  2. Robert Lindh says:

    Outstanding as always!!!!What a fine piece of workmanship!!


  3. Tico Vogt says:


    You’ve done it again, you rascal you. Superb.


  4. yaakov says:

    Lovely work! What type of oil and brand of wax do you use?


    • Jack Plane says:

      Thanks yaakov.

      I use linseed oil for the finish and the wax I used on this table is of my own making (beeswax and paraffin wax). Sometimes I use commercial waxes too which typically contain a small percentage of carnauba wax, but I normally only use them in a doctored state (with the addition of colours etc.)

      Choosing a wax largely depends on the colour of the furniture and the type of finish and the effect I’m after i.e. how much ageing is in the furniture and how much is in the finish.


  5. Simply amazing! I think what impresses me the most is the way you are able to antique (I hate the word distress) everything to make it look the part and not like it was just finished yesterday. Right down to a few random scratches and the small pock marks that show up so often on original pieces from daily use. So much of this work looks so faked, but this is spot on. I’d love to know how you achieve the look. It would make a fantastic series of posts (forgive me if it’s already been done and I’ve missed it).

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    • Jack Plane says:

      Thanks Bob.

      Marking new furniture to simulate the blemishes seen on old furniture is a simple and logical process. I have mentioned my methods in passing before (in response to another comment, if I remember correctly), but I’ll see about writing a post on the subject in the near future.



  6. David Nash says:

    Hello Jack,
    You make it all look so effortless!! I’ve never been able produce to the glass like finish that you achieve from oil and wax – I usually use boiled linseed oil or Danish oil followed by a beeswax paste or Briwax and beeswax sticks rubbed down with a cloth. Some people use an old tin lid to burnish the wax, but I’ve never been able to get an even shine doing that. To be blunt, how do you do it?
    And your distressing is a work of art…I’m not worthy!!


    • Jack Plane says:

      I’ve burnished using a piece of brass stuck to a wooden block, but a tin lid is new to me! I normally use a tight wad of cotton jersey, but not until I have built up a surface on it by using it on a piece of scrap wood first. Once it starts to build and smooth out, it goes really quickly.


  7. Jack Plane,

    Great job. I love the finish. I love the aging process.



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