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#1 posted 10-18-2012 03:20 AM

My favorite finish. Easy to mix your own, easy to apply (although it takes some time), and delivers phenominal results if you are patient.

Here’s my system (after sanding your project to 220 grit):

1. Mix equal parts mineral spirits, oil (either linseed or tung), and varnish (you can use poly, but I don’t like it quite as well).

2. Use a brush or paper towel to apply a coat over the wood, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes (varies by temp, humidity, and products you are using in your mix). Don’t let it get tacky.

3. Using paper towels or rags, wipe off all excess. Be VERY CAREFUL to let your rags/paper towels dry in a safe way—they can spontaneously combust if you put oily rags in a pile.

4. Let dry 24 hours.

5. Repeat steps 2-4. However, this time, after applying the Danish oil and before wiping the excess, wet-sand your project with 320 grit wet or dry. Then wipe the excess oil off.

6. Repeat step 5, but this time go up to 400 grit.

7. Repeat with 600 grit.

8. Go up as high as you like—I personally prefer to go to 2000 grit.

This process takes at least a week, because you need to let it dry 24 hours between each coat.

When finished, I prefer to apply a coat of wax.

The finish brings out the color of the wood and gives a very light lustre to it, but does not look like it has a coating it the way lacquer or varnish/urethane do. Sanded very fine with a coat of wax, the project feels extremely soft and smooth and compels people to touch it.

-- Kelby

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