Finish Recipe: A Classic Step Stool
Pop the grain and protect your wood with this easy finish
Finish and application:
Oil and wax wiped on and off
Skill Level: Easy
Finish Products: Ace Boiled Linseed Oil, Ace Varnish (satin), Ace odorless mineral spirits
Project type: Step stool
Maker: Tommy MacDonald
Materials: Curly Maple
The boiled linseed oil really pops the figured maple. The wiping varnish is easy to make and apply, and it gives good protection against dirt and shoes.
1. Prepare the surface
Wipe the whole piece with a damp cloth to raise the grain. Then lightly sand the wood with 400-grit paper (CAMI). Finally, polish the whole surface with either a gray abrasive pad or 0000 steel wool. This allows the oil applied next to penetrate more evenly and reduces the chances of blotching.
3. Apply varnish washcoat
4. Apply first coat of wiping varnish
5. Apply two more coats
6. Rub out the finish