Boiled Linseed Oil: Natural, Fast, & Lovely Wood Finish

//Boiled Linseed Oil: Natural, Fast, & Lovely Wood Finish

Years ago I spent a lot of time pulling my hair out, wondering why finishing wood seemed so cool, but was so difficult to achieve optimal results. Then I discovered an article in Fine Woodworking magazine about a simple finish, using Boiled Linseed Oil and furniture wax. I tried it and fell in love!

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Now it’s one of my favorite finishes because it’s quick, natural, easy to apply, and it gives a natural beauty. Buffing a layer of furniture wax on top can boost its sheen. I especially use it on the wood handles of my traditional woodworking hand tools.

However, there are trade-offs. Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) does take several days to completely dry and it doesn’t offer amazing protection against water stains, etc. But if you’re more into functional furniture (rather than French Polished period pieces) then BLO should work great for you.

Check out the video, then share your favorite wood finishing recipes with me in the comment box below!




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Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Hi Joshua,
I have also jumped into hand tools. I restored an old plane that looked pretty bad when I started and was pleasantly surprised when completed. My first lesson in using bench planes (last summer) was to always lay your planes on their sides to avoid damage to the finely honed edges. I’m just getting started and found Youtube a great resource.

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