Don't let the poly/ water base guys dis your desire to put a really great finish on your piece. Your wax+carnuba+turpentine would be my pick. Even the turp is going to add body and hardness to the finish. Unlike mineral spirits when it evaporates it leaves behind solids that increase strength. I set a sweaty ice filled drink on a test piece finished with shellac and wax. it did not leave a white ring after 24 hrs. If you go one line and search out finishes like these you will get the answers you are looking for and not just another opinion of what you "should" use. Give the dining table a proper fine finish. And if it does get damaged it will repair in minutes without a major overhaul. Google it.virginiamommy07 said:I just bought this table on clearance: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/big-sur-natural-65-dining-table/s450898
It's a "European Oak" and unfinished. The manufacturer suggests finishing it with a Wax Paste.
I've found many different types of Wax Pastes and was wondering which one is LEAST likely to a) change the color, b) be stinky (oy, tung oil is the worst) and c) be "chemically"--I had a surgery gone awry that left me with skin and breathing issues.
Some brands I've seen pop up online include Liberon Beeswax (wax+carnuba+turpentine), Liberon Wax Polish Black Bison (not sure how this is different from other Liberon product) and Daddy Van's (wax+carnuba+olive oil). I've also seen recs online to just mix 6 parts mineral oil and 1 part beeswax.
What do you think?
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