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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 07-26-2016 06:25 PM

Here’s a finish that I learned from a guy with 50 years professional experience:

Wipe/rub on the boiled linseed oil
Immediately wipe on dewaxed shellac

The oil will do its enriching thing that it does so well. The shellac dries the oil almost immediately and adds a tiny bit of toughness. Quick, easy, almost foolproof.

I’ve followed up with several coats of Minwax wipe-on poly with good effect on surfaces that are high wear (e.g. table tops). I hit surfaces that don’t see much wear and tear with some furniture wax.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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