What Finish To Put On An Unfinished Ashford Spinning Wheel ? From The Ashford

Although staining furniture is optional, applying a finish is essential to protect the wood’s surface. I spilled olive oil on the wood floor in the kitchen and didn’t know it for a good 10 hours until I picked up the plastic bag containing empty” olive oil cans and found that the bag had leaked, leaving very dark splotches across six wood pieces of flooring. After 4 weeks, it still hasn’t set, and anything made of paper left on the table for more than 10 minutes will start to absorb the oil back out. Wood fillers shrink a bit when they dry, so make sure you use plenty and mound it up a little on top.

Usually, new finish can be applied right over older, worn layers of film that are cleaned and sanded properly. Wipe off the accumulated grunge, wipe everything down with turpentine (which removes any waxy build-up), oil the wood, replace drive bands, put new leads on all my bobbins,… Sometimes I invite other spinners and we all do the maintenance, share a potluck, and visit. Tung oil (especially if polymerized) is the most resilient of the oil finishes, and if applied in several coats – enough to build a thin film – it provides some measure of protection against the elements. So-called Teak oil is a marketing designation that refers to many different oil (or oil and varnish) formulations.

Shellac is a quick-drying surface finish used fairly infrequently today because it isn’t very resistant to water or alcohol. The lemon oil does smell good, but its primary purpose is to dampen the cloth so that it will pick up dust. You can always add more stain or a darker color stain, but it is difficult to remove a dark stain color once it’s in the wood grain. My wheel has pieces that range from a light blond finish to a dark brown and there are some reds included. Cut for applications such as wood sealer before staining by thinning one quart of shellac with three pints of alcohol.

The three most common oils which set on their own are linseed, walnut and tung oil. There are attractive storm doors available that are mostly glass so your wood door can still show through. I was under the impression that pure lemon oil nourished and moisturized the wood safely. Traditionalists and woodworking purists will object to epoxy on philosophical grounds, but epoxy is superior to every other kind of finish in strength, resilience, and moisture-resistance.

Unfortunately, floors are also subject to heavy use so finding a clear finish that is adaptable enough to be repaired yet strong enough to protect the wood from stains and wear-while having the right period look—can be a challenge. It is best to use products that contain no beeswax or silicones that could cause a buildup or darken the wood. Some older furniture may have a shellac finish others a varnish, much of the cheaper newer furniture has a lacquer finish. It is air-hardening, it has long been used in artists’ oil paints because of this. Take a small quantity of this polish and apply it on a wood surface with a soft dry cloth, in a single direction.

The oil comes in a glass bottle and I suggest standing this bottle in hot water for a few minutes to warm the oil, pour it onto the wood and wipe around with a piece of kitchen paper, allow it to soak in for a minute or two then wipe off any excess with clean kitchen paper. For old furniture, to clean wood, mix 2 parts Gum Turpentine to 1 part Raw Linseed Oil and apply as above. I really like the poly finish because I can take it through a little rain shower without worrying about damage. Let the mixture dry on the floor, and then go over any tacky spots with another dry rag to remove the excess oil. Use on wood surfaces including kitchen cabinets, wood furniture, and wood panelling.

Cetol, a line of wood finishing products made by Sikkens (a subsidiary of Akzo Nobel, a European coatings company), has made significant progress in the North American market over the past several years. It’s essential, therefore, to use very dry wood (less than fifteen per cent moisture content) and install it properly. Betsie high gloss shine is not something that I do but if that is what you want then it is all about surface preparation before you oil. Consider using OLD ENGLISH® Oil or OLD ENGLISH® Aerosol to polish your furniture.


The solvents, which allow the resins to be fluid, evaporate once the finish is applied and leave the resin to set up a film on the wood. Once the color is blended, patch the clear finish as described above and apply a wipe-on oil finish. Linseed oil is one of the oldest penetrating finishes, but it tends to become sticky in humid weather. Start with 80 grit, if the wood feels rough to the touch, but if it has already been smoothed by a power planer (this is the case with most store-bought lumber) you can go straight to 120 grit.

Although at least 10 varieties and more than a dozen brands of finish are available, all can be divided into two categories: penetrating finishes (those that dry inside the wood) and surface finishes (those that dry on the surface of the wood). Just ruined a beautiful homemade table top I made by treating it with the walnut oil recommended on this site. And what Colonial Williamsburg does is good enough for me….And a lemon oil polish, which is mostly mineral oil won’t do any harm to a cured finish….that is a finish that has been drying for a week or more.

If your woodwork becomes damaged in ways that cause the bare wood to be exposed, the following steps may be needed to fix and maintain your woodwork. For the final coat we added one cup of satin spar varnish to one quart of the linseed oil and turpentine mixture (to adjust the sheen) and applied it as before. If you do not notice a difference in the appearance of the furniture after using the Oil, it may be necessary to sand down the furniture where the Scratch Cover was applied to remove the stain from the wood. This provides a suitable finish for teak and matt finished woods where a wax finish is not desired.

I’ve been using mineral oil to oil my wooden cutting boards ever since I found out this was a good thing to do. I had a couple of bamboo boards up until I bought a really great John Boos carving board (made of maple). Additional Uses: Wood finish may be used on indoor or outdoor, new or previously oiled unfinished wood. Any wax type product applied to the finish may turn white with exposure to salt, water or high humidity.

Pine boards were too soft, but after finding a source for 8?-wide ash flooring-the same hardwood used for baseball bats-we set about researching finish options. I sanded as above and waxed it. Result… beautiful blonde wood with incredible depth to the grain. The oils will penetrate into the wood while the wax seals the surface, maintaining a beautiful, rich luster. Buff the area of the furniture where the Scratch Cover was applied with this cloth now soaked with OLD ENGLISH® Oil. Although toners are not to be used as if they are stains, adding color to a water repellent gives wood the benefit of ultraviolet light protection.

For a perfect finish to varnished woodwork or other woodworking projects, fill all nail holes and voids. Linseed and walnut have both been used as the carrier oil in oil paintings from the middle ages and it is the oil curing which sets the paint. They give a VERY hard finish and can be susceptible to chipping and can be problematic to repair or remove. If you have badly aged hardwood floors that no longer have wax on them, you will be pleasantly surprised at how great your floors will look after applying this lemon oil.

These types of finishes include linseed oil, tung oil, and various specialty oils such as lemon, walnut, soy, and Danish oil (a mixture of oil and varnish). And you don’t have to worry so much about floating dust in the air settling onto your beautiful new finish when it dries. Yes linseed is the oil I would use, they say for furniture once a day for a week, once a week for a year once a year for a lifetime. I like my oil because it is almost colourless where many linseed oils are very yellow.

Sometimes the furniture will appear darker because the oil has penetrated into the pores of the surface. Terry cloth is not recommended because it can leave lint or strings that can damage or tear parts of the wood or finish. You can make quality, non toxic wood polishes and sealants with natural ingredients available at home. It gets absorbed into the wood surface within a day, leaving the surface sealed from humidity, insects and wear.

Based on Tung Oil and added resins, it gives a quick drying penetrating seal to teak and similar woods. Here’s what these distinctions can mean when it comes to finishing wood floors. Wood is a lovely thing to have in a home, and naturally keeping it healthy and looking good is incredibly simple to do, not to mention rather satisfying. Once the wood takes on an even sheen – usually after four coats or so – let it dry completely. These are oils (tung or linseed) mixed with varnish, a combination that offers the aesthetic advantages of oil but with greater durability than oil provides on its own. If you do apply a finish to these areas that seems too slippery, rough them up with a fine sandpaper.