Linseed oil finish - what maintenance?

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10-05-2010 09:51 AM

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A couple of years ago I made a settee, chair, and media cabinet. All from ash, with a linseed oil finish.

Everything is fine – the surface hasn’t degraded or gone weird in any way.. But somewhere in the back of my mind I have something about having to redo the finish every once in a while – maybe I dreamed it, I’m not sure.

So, my questions are…
1) Do have to maintain this finish every once in a while, and if so, how often is that while?
2) What do I do? I guess I clean it, but do I sand? Wire wool? Then re-apply some more oil?

Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 05:04 PM

Just wipe and rub more BLO into it if the wood starts looking “dry”. If you’ve waxed it, you may need to remove the wax.

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 05:25 PM

In How To Build Shaker Furniture, Thos. Moser talks about caring for a piece that has been finished with linseed oil and wax. He uses hot linseed rather than the “boiled” linseed oil that most of us probably use, but I imagine that the same applies.

This oiled finish is maintained by semiannual paste waxings. Even with periodic waxings, the finish in time will pale and lose its vibrancy. When this occurs, perhaps every two years, a coat of hot linseed oil will break right through the wax and replenish the wood. Again, this oil should be wiped up thoroughly before rewaxing.”

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