Hot rods aren't just for the race track or the dragstrip. This video gives you a formula for customizing varnish with tung oil, Japan drier, and turpentine. It has a lot to recommend it as a finish: It mixes easily, dries quickly, wipes on with no streaks or lap marks, and resists water very well.

The Japan drier is the catalyst that makes my finish fast-drying. That means you can apply multiple coats in a day. And all you need to apply this finish is a pad made of plain paper towels.