Reclaimed wood #1: Cleaner/Finish for antique wood

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Blog entry by ScrollinSwede posted 04-21-2013 02:40 PM 1796 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Good morning everyone!

I have spent the past 20 years of my life focused on making projects and crafts with my scroll saw. Over the past year, however, I have started to branch out a bit. I have started to obtain antique wood from barns and old houses to make projects from. I have found that the antique wood has a tighter grain, and people are very interested in buying things made from wood that is 100 years old.

My only problem has been finishing the rough wood.

One of my best friends found a recipe for making a finish to clean and protect antique wood. She got it from a museum in Delaware called The Winterthur Museum. This is apparently an age old secret.

Mix together:

1 part boiled linseed oil
1 part turpentine
1 part white vinegar

I would suggest putting the mix in a bottle or something with a lid so you can give it a little shake to mix it up whenever you need it.

After mixing, apply with a clean, lint-free rag. Give it about a half hour to set in, and buff it off with another clean, lint-free rag.

The turpentine and vinegar help clean the wood, and the boiled linseed oil hardens over time to help protect the piece.

I have used this on several of my wife’s recent projects, and it has worked wonderfully. It brings out the beauty and natural color of the wood.

Until next time!


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#1 posted 04-21-2013 04:32 PM

I like the mixture and it sounds like it works good. The Winterthur Museum is a great place to visit and it should be on all woodworkers bucket list.
What are the chances of some pictures of the wood when you get it through the final finish.
Thank You

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