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Re: Restoring Pine top table for kitchen use

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (pmspen1-122.rconnect.com)
Date: 5/19/3 21:09

In Response To: Re: Restoring Pine top table for kitchen use (Kate)

No trouble all, I prefer to soak the (well sanded) wood with 4 or 5 applications of Watco Oil, which comes in a natural color, BTW. Place a liberal coat on the surface and allow it to soak into the wood for twenty minutes, rewet dry spots during this time. Remove all excess oil with cotton rags, old T shirts are great. Soak the oily rags in water and discard out of doors. After one hour buff the surface you have oiled with 0000 steel wool, allow 24 hours to dry, repeat the whole process until you are satisfied with the look or until the wood will absorb no more oil. One typical table will take 1 to 1 1/2 pints of Watco oil. Boiled Linseed oil will work OK but it will darken over a few years, in the sun it may darken very soon. The wax I use is Bri Wax, but any good Carnuba, or Bee's Wax will do, the first few times you use the wax will be a learning experience, just reapply and rub it out a little faster if it becomes sticky, or reduce the amount of wax. Let the rubbed out wax set for an hour and then buff with a soft cotton cloth, lambs wool, or old wool cloth, Taa Daa.

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