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!
Now boiled linseed oil is one of my favorite wood 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. A Boiled Linseed Oil finish (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 a boiled linseed oil finish should work great for you.
Check out the video, then share your favorite wood finishing recipes with me in the comment box below!