I was asked to restore an antique fern stand for someone. The wood was in bad shape, but I saw the potential.
Many hours of sanding the wood followed. After that, the wood was varnished and sanded down to offer a smooth finish. This process was repeated until the wood was smooth enough to my liking. The copper rings were polished and then all of the parts were put together. This is the result.
But, the end result is really worth all the effort. A great piece for your house.