I sometimes do some carving of spoons and other little trinkets, and have usually applied walnut oil to the spoons and BLO to the other things. But for some birch trinkets I don’t really like the darkening effect of the BLO, but would still like to bring out the wood grain. Is there another oil that doesn’t darken, or could I use furniture or beeswax without oil?
Thanks for the suggestion. I looked it up and can get it here in the Netherlands too. Interesting combination of oils: sunflower, soy and thistle oil the Dutch product sheet says, and carnauba and candelilla wax. It also says safe for use on toys, which is always nice.
And nice cabinet! What wood are the knobs/handles? Did you make them too (on a lathe)?
This reply was modified 3 weeks, 2 days ago by sebastiaan.
I darkened some oak and beech a few times in a vinegar/water/rust solution (found it stained the wood once as I was derusting an old tool with wooden handle that I hadn’t protected well enough). Thought it worked reasonably well.
Followed a recipe by Mr Tom Fidgen: a waddle of steel wool covered by vinegar in a jar, which was then left for a week. I probably should have abided to a recommendation from Fine Woodworking and first rinsed the waddle in 95% alcohol to rid it from oil/grease.