A True Oil Finish
Nontoxic and easily repaired, this traditional finish is still worth considering
Synopsis: Chris Becksvoort has used all the oil finishes available today and finds Tried and True, available since the early 1990s, to be the best. It also has the added benefit of being nontoxic with all the attributes of an oil finish: spot repairability, easy application and maintenance, quick build of finish, and fine patina.
After 30 years of building and finishing furniture, I still turn to an oil finish for almost all of my work. Oil seeps into the wood and leaves a handrubbed sheen that film finishes just can’t replicate.
Oil finishes are very popular, and I’ve tried them all: boiled linseed oil from the hardware store, Watco, Waterlox, Velvit, oil and polyurethane mixes, Livos (now Bio Shield), tung oil and Minwax. But when Tried & True came on the market in the early 1990s, I decided to use it as my primary finish. It has all of…