Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for the kind comments.
The unit was finished with a product called Organoil "Hard Burnishing Oil." I could have used Wattyl Scandinavian Oil and possibly Feast Watson Scandinavian Oil.
Prep is important.
I dry sand the wood using a Random Orbital Sander (in my case a Festool ETS 150/3) staring at 80g then 100,120,150,180,240 and 400g. At this stage the oil is wiped onto the timber until it reaches saturation. This usually takes two applications and about 10-15 minutes. No need to fuss.
After that, I wet sand staring with the 400 pad I used for dry sanding, then 800, 1200, 1500, 2000 and 4000g. The two and 4four thousand grit pads are made by Festool and called Platin 2 pads. They will fit any 6" ROS. After that, all I have to do is wipe with a cotton cloth. The finish,as you see, is amazing. If you want, give the oil 24-48 hrs to fully dry, then use a Wipe on Poly, or wax to finish the job. The Hard Burnishing oil is highly resistant to stains, heat, scratches and doesn't need any further finishing. Here's some pics of a Dining Table finished in Hard Burnishing Oil alone.
I did a small test some time ago comparing the finish you get using Danish Oil and Scandinavian Oil on highly figured Red Gum, such as I have used here. It was clear that the figure was more obvious and the subtleties of the grain retained using Scandinavian Oil.
Strongly suggest you give this method a try.
Last edited by Ozrob; 03-01-2012 at 05:01 PM.