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#1 posted 08-02-2012 05:44 PM

how do I know which finish to use on which project or which wood?
Trial and error. My experience, which isn’t great, is that what works in one place sometimes doesn’t work in another – where possible, on your actual project wood, either on a scrap or a “hidden bit”, try the finishes you’re considering, and then chose.

I like my wood to look as much like the original wood as possible. I like a smooth but not shiny finish.
Me too. And I’ve found that all the “varnish” finishes (in which I’d include Danish) seem to “sit on” the wood, whereas the oil finishes seem to become “part of” the wood. Both visually and tactilely (which my dictionary assures me is a word). I have no experience with shellac so I can’t comment on that. I also find the oils easier to apply, more forgiving, and better for any kind of dusty environment. I notice you don’t have linseed oil in your toolkit – I’d suggest it’s worth a go – I personally like it a lot, and, in my experience, the first coat is best applied hot rather than thinned (same actually with tung).
Final use is, of course, also important – if you’re looking for protection then the oils don’t really give it.

I didn’t see wax on your list. Especially after the oils, the waxing is where you’re going to get the sheen in which you can see your face, but very very soft-focus like watching an old movie reflected in a fogged up mirror.

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