When it comes to finding the perfect wipe-on finish, there's nothing like homemade. At least that's what Roland Johnson discovered when he started searching for his ultimate finish. This fast-drying oil-and-varnish blend is easy to apply by hand, stands up to wear and tear, and is easy to repair or renew. Just follow Johnson's recipe for great results every time.

From Fine Woodworking #198

Correction: The recipe card in the PDF article misstates the proportions of the mixture. It should read: 10 parts Pratt & Lambert No. 38 alkyd varnish, 10 parts pure tung oil, 2 parts Japan drier, and 2 to 3 parts turpentine.