I have a question about preserving antique furniture. I found an old dresser, and it is made of somewhat flimsy wood but the top is marble and it is really interesting. There is a manufacturer's stamp in one of the drawers that is dated 1871. The top is marble. Pretty cool.
The wood seems very dry, and the whole thing seems to be decomposing a little bit. I feel like if I put moisture back into the wood somehow, the dresser would hold itself together better.
How should I do this? I have heard recommendations of lemon oil and paste wax. But it seems to me that paste wax would just seal it, but not revitalize it in any way.