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How to get this finish?

Hi,

Newbie here. Didn't find the answer I needed from searching the forum yet.

I'm making a desktop from some salvaged red pine boards. They've got a lot of gunk on them, so I'll be cleaning and sanding them. I'd really like to get a finish like the one in the attached photo -- soft, clear, and beautiful. Any suggestions?

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Looks like multiple coats of satin poly?

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Looks like multiple coats of satin poly?
+1 on satin varnish/poly
the texture of the table top can be obtained with a belt sander.
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oil and wax.

boiled linseed oil, thinned 50% with mineral spirits or turpentine for the first coat, full strength for the rest. apply with a cotton cloth or even a foam brush. wipe off whatever oil is still on the wood after 20 minutes or so. next coat after 24 hours. 3 coats or more total, or until the oil soaks in/doesn't soak in evenly on all surfaces.

apply the wax with 0000 steel wool and wipe it off with a clean cotton rag/cloth. keep turning/folding the rag as it gets waxy. keep wiping it down with the rag until you can toss the rag on the table and it slides across the surface like it's on ice. one or two coats should be fine, but sometimes people do lots of coats.
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never wax. wax is bad
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Thanks for the replies! I'll look into getting a belt sander and using the satin varnish, since that seems to be the consensus opinion. The oil/wax combo sounds interesting; I'll save that for a later project.
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never wax. wax is bad
i wax on urathane. after a week or so. then i use cutters and power polish. i have never waxed a linseed oil finish... yet. but i will try when it's fully cured, see what happens

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i wax on urathane. after a week or so. then i use cutters and power polish. i have never waxed a linseed oil finish... yet. but i will try when it's fully cured, see what happens
why would you wax over a film finish? the wax is just gonna sit on top, show prints, smears, at that point the only thing you cand do is wazx the rest of its life. wax will not give any more protection than the film finish.
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why would you wax over a film finish? the wax is just gonna sit on top, show prints, smears, at that point the only thing you cand do is wazx the rest of its life. wax will not give any more protection than the film finish.
wax is not bad if you do it right.
wax is awesome.
Boiled linseed oil is not a film finish.
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wax is not bad if you do it right.
wax is awesome.
Boiled linseed oil is not a film finish.
i doubt the finish on that table is a blo finish. not many pro's that i know use wax. a more proper way to bring out luster is to buff with a microfinishing compound, but usualy not on a non film finish. the purpose of a blo finish is to keep the wood natural looking. the shinnyer the surface the less you see of the wood. jmo
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i doubt the finish on that table is a blo finish. not many pro's that i know use wax. a more proper way to bring out luster is to buff with a microfinishing compound, but usualy not on a non film finish. the purpose of a blo finish is to keep the wood natural looking. the shinnyer the surface the less you see of the wood. jmo
after one coat i use very fine sand paper for surface prep starting with 500gritt then on the final coat (a week or so later) - 2000gritt. then i use several cutting compounds and a carnuba wax for the final polish. getting the surface smooth brings out the depth in the grain. and it also smoothes the most coarse grains to a mirror... some like it shiny, and then some like it more shiny...lol

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I like that table. I keep looking at that floor thinking that has to be hard to keep clean.

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Could get close to that with a rub on urethane... And it ain't much work...
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