This summer I bought some oak from a guy with a bandsaw mill. I expected a mixture of red and white oak from here in Tennessee. Well, I’ve started working with it and I think it’s all red oak. In any event, I’ve rough cut and planed enough for an arts and crafts chest. Much of the wood has great figure and rays but I’m not crazy about the color and the pores. I would prefer the wood to be lighter in color and want the rays to be as distinct as possible. I had planned to use the linseed oil and wax finish that is commercially available.
Any advice from any “oak experts?”