Olive Wood need help deciding what finish to use

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by BullVictory posted 1107 days ago 2163 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View BullVictory's profile


56 posts in 1149 days

1107 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: olive wood

This block of olive wood is for my father who wants to mount a brass eagle to it. Really a mantle piece I suppose. Anyways, I’ve never really done any work with olive wood before. As you can see, this piece is pretty unique with a little bit of figure and a nice contrasting grain. As always the camera flash really doesn’t show just how pretty this wood is. In the end, I don’t want a stain or dye and want to be able to clear coat it. I was thinking of using boiled linseed oil because I’ve heard that it really brings out and makes the contrasting grains in wood “pop.” I wasn’t sure what avenue to pursue to top coat.

Any suggestions are welcome!

10 replies so far

View Bertha's profile


12951 posts in 1320 days

#1 posted 1107 days ago

I love olive wood, so I’m interested in the replies. It’s a very “waxy” wood to me for lack of a better description. I’d say anything other than a clear finish would be sacrilege. I like mine with just a coat of wax. I’m looking forward to the responses below.

Oops, I should mention that I can’t see the pictures on this computer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

View rsain's profile


50 posts in 1115 days

#2 posted 1107 days ago

Pics working here. Very nice piece!

You have about 26! (yes I mean factorial) options available to you. All depends. I rather like the combination of your’s and Al’s idea. I wouldn’t want to coat it with plastic (i.e., poly).

BLO with a coat of wax. Buff to a nice sheen. Keep it simple and pretty. Let the olive wood show!

- ryan

View DLCW's profile


522 posts in 1281 days

#3 posted 1107 days ago

I would suggest tung oil. It will provide some protection and really make the grain and color pop out. Since it is more of a static piece that won’t be handled regularly, tung oil will be a great finish.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

View KnickKnack's profile


971 posts in 2193 days

#4 posted 1107 days ago

I’d go with linseed oil.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

View RonWoods's profile


18 posts in 1114 days

#5 posted 1106 days ago

Picture are Ok here. I think a finish with linseed oil will be just great as a member has already mentioned above. So I will not waste a lot of time on it anymore. Just post some pictures of the finished piece, when you do finish and let us know what you used.

-- I need your woodworking ideas and questions on a Woodworking Survey. You can find the survey on my profile page. Earn a reward after filled up.

View BullVictory's profile


56 posts in 1149 days

#6 posted 1106 days ago

Cool. I was thinking of going the Linseed Oil route as well based on what I’ve read about it before. What are the differences between Boiled and Raw Linseed Oil? Would there be an advantage to using one over the other? What about “drying” time? I like the idea of putting some sort of top coat on the piece, I do want to stay away from a plastic finish and would prefer a more natural, as Bertha suggested a Wax.. but what type of wax?

Thanks for the advice guys!

View Docopac's profile


41 posts in 1235 days

#7 posted 1103 days ago

When I want to just highlite the natural color/grain of wood, I use Tru Oil gunstock finish. Look at some high quality walnut or quilted maple gun stocks and you can see what your finished product will look like. If you decide this is the type of finish you want PM me and I’ll try to give you some pointers on it.

-- Docopac (a carpenter in a different medium)

View therookie's profile


887 posts in 1454 days

#8 posted 1103 days ago

linseed oil finish is the best in my opinion


View chrisstef's profile (online now)


10653 posts in 1633 days

#9 posted 1103 days ago

boiled linseed oil will dry much much faster than raw linseed oil. Ive heard a lot of good about Renaissance Wax. Love the olive wood by the way!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

View Mark Kornell's profile

Mark Kornell

477 posts in 1158 days

#10 posted 1093 days ago

That’s a pretty block of wood.

You might want to consider shellac.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase