Three nice coats of Watco Danish oil applied to each piece, being extra careful not to get any on the parts to be glued. Not quite careful enough, because I did get a little oil on one tenon and slightly into two mortises. Hopefully, I ‘ll be able to clean it up well enough with some denatured alcohol and minimal sanding.
Here are the two footboard posts, along with two cross pieces for the headboard.
I apply the oil with #0000 steel wool, rubbing it in well, then wipe up the excess. To give it a deeper color I mixed 5 parts clear finish with 1 part red mahogany, and it gave me a nice rich color that suits the cherry well.
Here are the two main pieces for the headboard and the head and foot rails. Although it’s difficult to see in this photo, I really like the way the Danish oil brings out the depth of the grain.
-- Mangling good wood since 2005.