|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 06-28-2013 03:58 PM||3618 views||1 time favorited||45 replies|
06-28-2013 03:58 PM
So far most of my projects have been finished with MinWax stain. I’ve found that at times… I just don’t want to stain them. I do have a few projects that I built that are sitting in my shop, just waiting to be finished. I have a couple of pine, an ash and I’m also working on some things with cherry. So I’d like to pick your brains about different finishes you use to get the natural look, but also the protection I need.
One of my projects is a simple spice rack that I will hang in my laundry room near the pantry. It’s made out of pine. I have plans later to build a new pantry. The one I have now I’ve had for many years. I bought it from a local woodworker at a festival. I have two pieces from him. I want to build my own. Since I’m not close to that project, I don’t want to stain this spice rack. I have no idea what kind of finish I’ll end up with. But I also want to protect this piece as I use it now. A suggestion was made to use Boiled Linseed Oil.
So some questions about BLO. This is what I’ve learned so far… be very careful in the disposal of rags as they can ignite. I was also told that if the item is in direct sunlight that it can change colors. I’ve heard that it can blacken and that it can turn orange-ish. I’ve also heard that many will dilute it. The guy at the local Lowe’s suggested to cut it with mineral spirits. He also said to use paste wax as the top coat. I also know to wipe off excess after 5-10 minutes (this seems to range from person to person). And I read somewhere on here to really give it time to dry. Wait 24 hours between coats and that some woods you may want to even test a week out to see if the oil is still wet.
So… that’s all I know. Questions… do you need to dilute it? Do I need a top coat? If so… what? What tools can I/should I use for application….rag, brush? Anything else I should know?
I’d also like to hear your other methods of finishing. I have a project that I’m working on right now that is ash and one that is cherry. I also have some wood that I hasn’t been earmarked for anything yet… oak, walnut, cedar. I’d love to hear any opinions and thoughts on finishing any of these woods. I am especially interested in natural finishes to really show off the woods beauty.
As always… thanks for your help. This site has always proven to be a wealth of knowledge and experience. I look forward to your responses.