I spent ages trying to work out the best thing to treat the table with so that it is waterproof etc. I wanted a natural looking finish and so although varnish is hard-wearing even a clear varnish would be just too shiny. In the end I decided to go for Danish furniture oil.
Danish furniture oil is a penetrating and durable synthetic oil. It provides a water and alcohol resistant finish and although makes the wood a little darker and brings out the grain, it provides a natural finish. It is really easy to apply and dries fairly quickly too. It stinks though so if you can apply outside that would be better. I went for a small can of Ruskins Danish Oil which was enough for 3 coats.
The other things you will need are:
- A hoover (to hoover the dust)
- Tack cloths (to remove the fine dust)
- A brush or soft cloth (to apply the oil)
- Wire wool (to apply the last coat of oil)
The video below shows oiling the table:
I need to do 3 coats and need to leave 6-8 hours between coats. It’s going to be tight but should just about make it in time for Christmas. The final step is to put it all together.