|Forum topic by artwhim||posted 06-20-2012 03:03 PM||986 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-20-2012 03:03 PM
Hello everyone. As part of our house remodel I am giving our dated doorbell a facelift. It is the style with long brass chimes covered at the top by a wooden ‘box’ with a lot of scrollwork and turnings. The doorbell still functions well, so I have opted to give it a cosmetic change instead of replacing.
I purchased an artisan made cutting board that will be the front panel. It is a variety of woods that have been laminated together into a wonderful design. I will use either maple or mahogany scraps for the side panels to turn it into a box to cover the top of the chimes. Although my woodworking skills aren’t great, I think this is very doable.
My question is how can I finish the original cutting board to enhance the wood? The piece was oiled when I purchased it. My best guess is mineral oil since I don’t smell walnuts when I sniff, although perhaps the smell doesn’t linger? The board was made about one month ago. It still looked “wet” with oil when I purchased it, but has since absorbed the oil so it has a mat appearance.
I could sand the board but have no idea how far the oil finish has absorbed and would prefer to avoid this if possible. Would it be possible to apply tung oil? I’m sure I have some of that on hand. I also have paste wax, water-based poly (General Finishes) and oil-based poly on hand. I am not looking for a heavy, or shiny finish, just an enhancement of the wood grain.
Thank you so much for any suggestions!