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Boiled Linseed Oil Finish

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  • mahee of acre
    Linsee Oil Finish The Shakers found many uses for linseed oil. They used it as an ingredient of their paints, stains, and varnishes; as a wood perservative;
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      Linsee Oil Finish

      The Shakers found many uses for linseed oil. They used it as an
      ingredient of their paints, stains, and varnishes; as a wood
      perservative; and by itself as a natural wood finsher. To bring out
      the natural beauty of dark woods-- particularly walnut-- nothing
      surpassses linseed oil. It penetrates into the wood and enriches the
      graining. Moreover, wood with is treated with oil is amply protected
      against ordinary damage, and the finish may be renewed at any time
      with a fresh applications.

      For finishing Shaker reproductions, such as the copy of the Hancock
      Shaker bench shown here, boiled linseed oil is thinned slightly with
      turpentine. Two tablespoons of vinegar may be added to each pint of
      oil. The mixture is then applied as shown in the accompanying
      photographs. For best results, two or three coats should be brushed
      on. Between coats, excess oil is rubbed off with a soft rag.

      After a drying period of two or three days, the final coar may be
      polished with wax to produce a soft luster. It will be observed that
      the oil penetrates into the wood--and once it has hardened it does
      not soil covers or clothing.

      page 98, The American Shakers and Their Furniture with measured
      drawings of museum classics, by John G. Shea


      On pages 94 and 95 are 1849 recipies for colored stains.

      Of the furniture shown there are tressle tables, 6-board chests, peg
      benches and other peices that were done the same way in period.
      There are also a lot that were not done in period.

      I am not arguing, just looking to learn more.

      your servant,
      mahee
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