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#1 posted 12-09-2018 01:13 AM

Tung oil will work but it might be a little to use Danish oil; natural color, unless you want to add color. Danish oil is mostly Tung oil with come “dryers” added to make it cure faster and some say better. FYI Tung, and linseed oils cure chemically and bond, they do not “dry”
You can apply one of two coats, let it dry and then wax it….or you can build up several coats of Danish oil (allow it to cure between coats) until it builds a surface finish and then hand rub it with 0000 steel wool and wax to burnish it and then buff to the sheen you desire with a soft cloth.

If you think you want a hard/durable finish let the oil finish cure for a week or more then add a couple of coats of water based satin poly urethane (you can rub it down with wax too if desired).....then if someone sets a wet drink glass on it it won’t leave a mark.

OR…you can just use poly urethane without the oil but it will take 4 to 6 applications, sanding lightly between each with 320 grit paper. The wood grain probably will not have as much “depth” with this method but the color of the wood will stay the way it is without any finish.

Always make test pieces to see if you like the result before applying to your project.

-- Les B, Oregon

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