This oil and wax mixture is super easy to apply, it’s all natural and food safe, safe for the environment and does an amazing job of bringing out the natural beauty of the wood. Walnut and cherry look especially awesome with a few coats of this stuff. This is not a top coat, the oil actually absorbs into the wood which keeps it from having the plastic look some other finishes might give you.
The downside is that it takes a long time to apply and cure and it is not extremely protective, but it is renewable, meaning that if the wood starts to look a bit dull or you get a scratch and need to repair it, just add another coat of oil to it and boom, as good as new.
So here is the process:
1. Sand and prep the surface.
2. Apply a thin layer of oil/wax over the entire surface of the piece, rubbing it with the grain of the wood. Sometimes certain areas (i.e. end grain) will absorb the oil right away and I’ll add some more finish to that area
3. Let sit for at least one hour.
4. Rub any excess oil off and let cure for at least 24 hours.
5. Rub entire piece with 0000# steel wool. The last coat I’ll usually use a piece of brown craft paper to buff it to its final shine.
6. Repeat the process until the wood stops absorbing the oil after that hour or so wait.
It’s a simple process but time consuming. I’m going to be looking into some other finishes for a case piece that will be coming out that will give me a similar but a little more timely. Every piece using this finish takes about 4 to 5 coats of oil which means it takes almost an entire week to complete the finish on just one piece.