Making oil more durable
Synopsis: The best general finish Jere Osgood has had experience with is the oil and varnish mix. He says it seems to have a long history and variations are used by many furniture craftsmen because of its durability where an oil finish is needed. It is slightly more water resistant, easier to obtain, and has more of a body to it than synthetic oil options, he says. Osgood explains how to prepare a piece for the finish, how to mix it, and how to apply it.
There is a basic decision to be made when choosing a finish for a piece of furniture. Would you prefer a matte oil finish or a glossy varnish or lacquer?
For many years now, a matte oil finish has been very popular because it penetrates the wood and becomes part of the surface, and because it is easy to put on. But it is…