The first coat of varnish goes on. A fitting birthday present.
Well, what else? The first coat of fresh varnish. After a thorough sanding with 120 grain AlO2
paper on an electric sander, the sanding was finished by hand using 240 grain paper on a rubber block.
The first coat of varnish has gone on now and will be followed by another in the morning. This is not aimed at being a characterless, pristine restoration, just a new lease of life for a piece of furniture that is used and enjoyed every day. With almost as many scars as me, it should be allowed to wear them with pride.