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Posted on What finish should be applied for my first ever woodworking project - The Overhang Chair in Walnut

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TungOil

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#1 posted 08-10-2017 12:31 AM

If it will see only occasional use, BLO or similar should be fine and its easy to apply. The BLO will polymerize when exposed to air, so it does offer some protection.

If you want something slightly more durable, the Sam Maloof finish is based on what he used on the many rockers he made. The next step up in durability, while still retaining a similar look ‘close to the wood’ look would be something like General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

If this is your first time using any of these products, I highly recommend preparing some test pieces from your scraps- sand the the same finish as the chair then try out some finish options before you commit to the real piece!

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