I am currently restoring a 1930s BMCo 'The Favourite' allwin. Does anyone know whether the original finish to the oak cabinet was a simple waxed one, or some kind of satin lacquer or varnish?
I prefer to dull down all my finishes with very fine #0000 steel wool, this gives a nice aged worn look. I do this after each layer of shellac which loses finish on the high points around coin chutes etc and where hands rest. Then after more layers you end up with a slightly irregular finish. I never sieve the shellac which leaves lots of small impurities and these also build up thicker in the crevices after each steel wool rub which leaves nice darker corners. A final polish with furniture oil or wax etc will bring up a light sheen and this shows off all the fine scratches done by the steel wool, as well as all the imperfections existing in the wood. Don't get me started on people who sand the wood and think they've somehow improved it!!!@#$%&*