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Posted on Not sure what finish I should use

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 09:54 PM

Linseed oil is applied, allowed to sit a few minutes, then wiped off. That last step looks like it would be a tough one on that piece. The chevron boards look to have a bead between them (maybe a bevel) but it would be hard to wipe that off. Besides, if you were thinking that the linseed oil didn’t get topcoated, it would smell for quite a while. I think you would have the same problems with danish oil, it’s generally wiped off as well. But you can get an in-the-wood look using a very thin varnish and brushing it on. Maybe a couple of coats, or apply until your satisfied. You could buy it, but making it yourself would be cheaper. If you really think you like the linseed oil look, try using SW Fast Dry Oil Varnish, thin it 50%, and apply. It has a strong linseed oil look (that’s the base drying oil in it) and it a very good varnish.

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