One third each of Boiled linseed oil, poly-urethane and low odor mineral spirits has become my favorite finish.
Here is a great site with a lot of good info Homeshop Finishes That Work. Scroll down to: Finish #4: Sam Maloof’s Finish.
I normally use a brush to apply the first coat, put it on heavy, continue applying to keep it wet for 10 – 15 min. so it can soak in.
Wipe off with paper towels, I usually go over the entire project with the same paper towel to help rub it in. After wiping all the surfaces, go over it again with additional dry paper towels paying close attention to corners and other areas where the finish can collect. Be sure to “PROPERLY” dispose of the oil soaked paper towels.
Here is what you are looking for, a wet look but nothing laying on the surface.
Let this dry for 30 – 60 min. then lightly wipe off again. Porous woods such as oak when drying will force excess oil out of the pores, this needs to be wiped off. Let dry over night. Lather, rinse, repeat the next day to build the finish, rubbing the finish in with gray scotch-brite pad will remove any dust nibs.
To continue building the finish I use a french polish method. Start with a 10” square cloth ( I used an old tshirt here but use white) fold in the corners, repeat, gather the corners and hold together with a rubber band or tape.
Makes a nice pad to wipe on a light coat of finish, and build a shine.
Thanks for for following along.
Next time I will attach the back and hang it on the wall.
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