There is nothing like a healthy slathering of linseed oil, turpentine, and sunlight to finish off a project. Except perhaps for that final application of beeswax! I just love a natural finish. I use a 50:50 solution of boiled linseed oil and turpentine. Boiled linseed oil dries much faster than raw linseed oil, which can take days to dry. The turpentine helps to thin the oil and causes it to dry even faster. After a good slathering, I let the sun do its thing. Depending on the natural tannins in the wood, exposure to sunlight will cause the oiled wood to darken, ever so slightly. Creating a wonderful patina.
For quite some time now I have been trying to develop a satisfactory marker’s mark for my work. I recently purchased a metal stamp from Buckeye Engraving in Kent, Ohio. Using this stamp in conjunction with a set of number stamps, I believe I can now leave my mark.
Once again I find myself with an empty bench. I rummaged through my cut-off bin the other day and found some nice bits of sassafras, gummy cherry, and alder. Perhaps I’ll try my hand at a Roubo bookstand, or two, or three.