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Natural Finish on Close Grained Hardwood Recipe


Natural Finish For Close Grained Hardwoods


Learn how to apply a lovely durable finish to close grained hardwoods like: birch, maple, cherry and others. This simple “no-fail recipe” offers clear demonstrations of all the essential steps. Easy, fast and effective.

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Sand the project up through the grits until at least 220-grit
    • It is a good idea to sand pieces that will be hard to reach before assembly.
  2. Wipe the project with mineral spirits to check for glue splotches
  3. Use a good quality Danish Oil type finish
    • Flood it on, let it sit and wipe it off
    • Let towels dry flat and dispose of properly!
  4. If you have any nail holes, cracks or defects in the wood, fill them now with a wood filler putty that matches the color of the oiled wood (sand smooth)
  5. Apply at least two more coats of the Danish Oil
  6. Optional: After the finish has cured for 72 hours, apply a coat of high-quality paste wax and then polish it off.
  7. Optional: Substitute a wipe-on gel polyurethane for the Danish Oil applied in the same manner