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#1 posted 03-24-2018 04:58 PM

Definitely no mineral oil for reasons stated.
Some of the heat treated or polymerized oils produce both a dry finish and slightly hardened the wood. I like processed walnut oil but Danish oil or linseed oil would work….several coats. Finished off with a carnauba paste wax should give you the “organic” finish you are looking for. Both the oil and the wax can be recoated as needed over time.

For a harder finish I would first use one of the oils mentioned to bring out the grain and color then 3 or 4 coats of water based poly urethane. Those rated for floor finishing are the toughest. I think your “soft” willow wood will need this to stand up to any mistreatment it may get.

-- Les B, Oregon

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