The Hall Table finds its way home

After leaving the Hall Table in the shed for a couple of weeks (or however long it has been), I found the table was still looking a lot duller than I was expecting.  On having a closer look, it appeared to have a wax coating over the whole surface, and rubbing through that revealed a subtle, smooth finish.

So out with the 0000 steel wool, and rubbed down the whole table, which took a while because the waxy layer was quite thick.  This left a nice finish, although a bit more matt than I was hoping.  So I picked up my Ubeaut Swansdown mop, mounted in the drill and gave the surface a good buff, and the desired shine became quickly apparent.

Ubeaut Swansdown Mop

Promo image of 4" buff

The mop is genuine swansdown, woven into a soft fabric, then layered up to 100 folds (the term for each layer), secured and cut.  Unlike a lambs-wool buff that puts swirls into the wax, the swansdown spins in the direction of the grain.  Instead of buffing by hand, this takes moments to get the same result that 10 minutes or more of hand rubbing the surface would achieve.

Now as pretty as the mop is in the image above, it isn’t functional when it is that new.  A well conditioned mop is a well used one, laden with waxes from previous jobs so it isn’t so dry and clean, with a tendency to strip the wax off the surface (a few non-critical jobs will quickly get it working, as will spinning it against the edge of a hacksaw blade to strip the initial loose fibres away).

Mine is a little more worldly-wise.

Swansdown in action

This one is a 6″, 100 fold mop.  The surface looks shiny, but not glossy.  Looking at it at quite an acute angle, and you can see a very good reflection in the surface.

In location

Just a drawer to go.

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