This low-tech oil-and-wax finish requires no special tools. What it lacks in durability it makes up for in other ways: It is beautiful, functional, and easy to repair. The key is to get a smooth surface first with a handplane and card scraper, then sand selectively where needed. After raising the grain and resanding, Shackleton floods the surface with several coats of oil, burnishes it, waxes, and buffs for a lovely shine.

From Fine Woodworking #175