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Tried & True Wood Finish - Oil Tried and True Original Pint


Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Premium oil finishes from 19th century recipes that are 100% solids and solvent free. This unique finish is even safe for cutting boards, toys, and...

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Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Premium oil finishes from 19th century recipes that are 100% solids and solvent free. This unique finish is even safe for cutting boards, toys, and children's furniture.

It complies with the FDA regulations (FDA 21 Sec. 175.300) as "safe for food contact surfaces". We've tried this in our shop and are very impressed with both the ease of application and quality of finish.Original Wood Finish is a highly polymerized linseed oil, combined with Beeswax.

It dries to a fine finish reminiscent of the patina of well cared for antique furniture, yet it is durable and easy to use. It is commonly used on doors and windows, paneling and furniture. It may be used to revive any existing finish.

  • This product is 100% solids and has no solvents or heavy metal driers
  • A true general purpose wood finish
  • The finish will shine without appearing glossy
  • Excellent coating for all interior woodwork
  • Gets harder and more durable as it ages

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    Original Wood Finish by Tried & True

    I used this product on a vintage military rifle stock. It gave me the results I was looking for: a good protective finish without an unnatural, glossy look. Also, a little goes a long way.

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    Great for Restoration

    I was initially apprehensive about this product because many of the reviews around the internet claimed it "doesn't dry," but I was looking for a traditional finish that would complement an early 19th century piece that had a hard varnish over the original oil. The trick with this finish, I think, is that it takes a lot of elbow grease. Follow the instructions carefully - don't apply very much, wipe off the excess after an hour or so, burnish it 24 hours later. The second step is very important - I let it sit too long, and it was twice as hard to rub off as the first two coats were. Really take your time on the polishing, but I think what works best is to generate a little heat to soften the wax. I don't think this finish is any more work than Formby's Tung Oil, but it's so much more beautiful: soft to the touch, it looks and smells natural, the kind of finish that makes people want to reach out and pet your furniture. Way less hard though - I'd hesitate before recommending it for a dining table.

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    Very nice stuff

    Since I don't see a review, I'll leave a comment. I found this to be a very nice product. I usually finish with linseed oil, including their product. I usually wax the finished piece after the oil sets. I tried this on a lark, and it gives a very nice result- either as the only finish, or as the last coat in a normal oil finish. The instructions, the website, the sticker on the top of the can all say VERY THIN COATS! OK, says I. It has a peculiar consistency since the wax is not completely dissolved in the oil. (shop temperature 70 F) I applied a barely wet coat with a stiff stippling brush, very much like paste wax- wiping after about an hour (big piece). It gives good coverage with very little waste. The finish sets to a waxy finish which buffs up to a smooth final result with very little work. I am very happy with it after two sizable pieces.

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    Wood Finish

    I used this product on a project made of West African Rosewood, (bubinga) and it looked fantastic. I followed the simple directions on the label and applied 2 coats. Very easy to use and the results were great.

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