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Making the perfect wood polish

This old fashioned recipe was formulated by the late Clive Wainwright, former deputy keeper of furniture and woodwork at the V&A:

1 part linseed oil
2 parts mentholated spirits
2 parts turpentine
2 parts distilled vinegar

Put all the above into a bottle and shake well.  Apply to furniture – not too much at one time – and rub in well rather than smearing it over the surface.