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#1 posted 10-20-2018 05:26 PM

One of my favorite finishes is a mix of 1 part BLO, one part MS, and one part Poly (oil based). I use a folded piece of blue towel to apply it. Or, I may rub it in with wet/dry sandpaper. The latter works up a bit of slurry that will tend to fill pores and minor imperfections. Wipe off excess before it sets up. Let it dry 24 hours or so and repeat. Decrease the amount of BLO a bit and increase the Poly if you want it to build thickness quicker and be a bit more durable. In the end, it will not be the most durable finish, but it is easy to apply and looks great. Rubbing the final coat with 600 grit wet/dry and then a coat of paste wax will give a velvet smooth finish. I have some pieces with this finish that get normal use and the finish has held up nicely for many years.
As mentioned above, you can apply wipe-on poly (or thin reg poly w/50% MS) with the same blue towel (fold into a little pad and use it like a foam brush) The idea is to spread it on as thinly as you can. The down side is that you will need more coats this way. Rubbing it in w/wet-dry sandpaper is problematic because it drys too fast. But sanding between coats gives similar results. Applying this way eliminates problems with brush marks.

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