I may still be practicing dovetails joints, and not yet ready to make any fancy, but I was curious and started looking into how to finish my eventual (amazing) work.
A lot of videos I watched mention sealing the wood with various types of oil, linseed oil being a common choice. I had no idea where to buy anyone, and I didn’t want a giant bottle of it anyway. Instead I found a rather handy blog post with a detailed how to about making a beeswax and olive oil polish and sealant. (Both items you can easily purchase at Wholefoods)
I won’t reiterate his steps here since he already wrote a great tutorial with pictures of each step. Instead here are two of my dovetail practice pieces before and after the finish was applied.
Check after the jump to see the test pieces.
Results and Thoughts
Overall I’m really happy with the polish. It was cheap and really easy to make. Plus it will store for a long time, so no need to worry about it going bad between projects.
It’s a little hard to tell from the pictures from but the polish darkens the wood and really brings out the grain pattern. It also leaves a nice smooth touch on the pieces.
I’m also starting to learn I really like the look of cherry wood. I foresee it being used it a lot of future projects.