Unbelievably Easy DIY Wood Finish Recipe // Woodworking

Unbelievably Easy DIY Wood Finish Recipe // Woodworking

Three ingredients make up the easiest to apply, quick drying wood finish. This video was sponsored by Squarespace. To get 10% off a site of your own, visit https://www.squarespace.com/anneofalltrades

Most folks think wood finishing is tricky business, but I like to keep things easy in my woodworking shop and I use this same three part oil wood finish on almost every piece I build. This easy to make wood finish recipe is also easy to make and apply, and dries quickly allowing multiple coats. This method requires the least prep work (goodbye sanding) and is also unbelievably easy to repair, fix any scratch or dent in your furniture finished with this same oil, and all you have to do is scuff the surrounding area and wipe on more finish. You also don’t need a whole bunch of other finishing supplies for this method, no spray booth, no special finishing room, you just dust off your bench and wipe it on. Even the fumes of this finish are very mild! Because this has been my favorite wood finish for so many years of projects, it’s the best wood finish I can recommend. Also, you get a sneak peak of my upcoming democratic chair build!

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  1. Paul Brown on March 26, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    You have my dream set up. And watching someone similar to my wife, doing the things that i want to do while watching with my wife. Is a blessing and an eye opening inspiration to her. Thank you.

  2. Doug T on March 26, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Every time I watch one of your video productions I come away inspired! This one made me want to go out to my garage shop & put some finish on some wood! Keep up the great work & instruction Anne. Now on to the baby chicks video

  3. Daniel Nunes on March 26, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    awesome work. was looking for ideas to stain some vintage mirror frames. thank you.

  4. Nikos Eliopoulos on March 26, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    This polyurethane is the same like decking oil which is penetrating polyurethane oil?

  5. Josa Mara Labao on March 26, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Great video, thank you very much for the knowledge. Quick question, would this work for pine floors? Thanks

  6. TheDeathblowX on March 26, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I assume this can go over a stain also?

  7. Burton's Attic on March 26, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Cool chair and recipe. I "discovered" nearly the same thing a few years ago quite by accident. A really hot day using Helmsman on an outdoor project. I could see the poly started kicking off before flowing out, not a good look. My mind immediately when to all the sanding required to fix it. So I thought why not either way I have to fix it, so I wiped the whole piece down with a rag soaked in mineral spirits and crossed my fingers. Next day it looked like glass! Not a single defect to be found. I don’t really care for the full on glass poly look but in this case I was really happy to not be redoing! I’ll give this recipe a try next time.

  8. A Cabin and 50 Acres on March 26, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    Hmm I use the same thing except I do Turpentine for the Mineral Spirits. I wonder if one is better than the other?

  9. Waldgeist on March 26, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Wouldn’t it be an alternative to make an oil & wachs based finish? That way you get the wood protection and depth from the oil and the wachs protects the oil from water stains (although a through hardened linseed oil finish is quite robust against water stains if one doesn’t leave the water sit on the surface for a long time). I am just not enthusiastic about finishes that use a lot of unhealthy materials like poly, metals etc..

    The only downside with almost all more natural finishes is that you have to reapply them, but then again that’s also an upside. A chipped poly coat, has to be sanded down almost completely to be refreshed. A rubbed off shellac, oil or wachs finish just has to be refreshed on the spot it got rubbed off.

  10. tazdrum73 on March 26, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Can you use a similar finish on an outdoor wood deck?

  11. Mike Hogan on March 26, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Lovely. Looking forward to trying it. I’ve been using Osmo wood wax to finish a number of projects, and I’ve been really pleased with it. I’m wondering if you’re familiar with Osmo, and how you think it compares to the finish you’ve highlighted in this video. Thanks again for all you do, Anne.

  12. Theron Roberts on March 26, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Is this good to use on outdoor furniture as well?

  13. Melissa Hoenigmann on March 26, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks Anne. I can’t wait to try this. Sometimes the simplest things are the best! I have all 3 parts, but the urethane I have it water based. Do I need to purchase the oil based version?

  14. Sam Powers on March 26, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I put this on everything. Go to “shop finish “

  15. Jen Lee on March 26, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    can you do this over painted wood? I painted a picture on a frame and want to glaze the entire thing but don’t know if that would affect the painting.

  16. Steve Collins on March 26, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    An easy wax finish (quantities by weight):
    45% wax of your choice
    45% turpentine
    10% linseed oil

  17. Patrick McCall on March 26, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    You just made Danish Oil. It works great & you can play with the proportions to get your ideal finish.

  18. Erin Ikeuchi on March 26, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Beautiful exited to try it . Ty

  19. TWC on March 26, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Is there a reason you used Spar poly in this mix over just regular poly? Will the chair go outside? Just wondering. Chair looks great.

  20. gentlemandude1 on March 26, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Anne, I love your channel, but you’ve got to get a new adjective other than super. If we played one of those "say-the-word" drinking games with this video, we’d be drunk in less than 8 minutes. That’s a lot of supers…

  21. ryanbailey112 on March 26, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Going to try this today. I suspect the name brands for the mineral oil and linseed oil shouldn’t matter? Love that chair design and your show!

  22. Mohamed Elgendy on March 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Great video!! Can I add a stain to this finish mix?

  23. ROSALINDAPEREZ1 on March 26, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Anne can you used it on pine sanded plywood?

  24. Cameron Gaul on March 26, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! Would tung oil work as a replacement for the linseed oil?

  25. BossmanEight on March 26, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    You’re braver than I, Gunga Din!
    I absolutely *hate* getting finish on my hands. Hate it!

  26. CrossGrain Wood Products,LTD on March 26, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Hey back! That looks gorgeous on the wood. Another finish to add to my arsenal. Who is doing your camera work for you these days? Will we get a peek?

  27. J R on March 26, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    I am a recent subscriber, love your channel. This is the first I have heard of this finish concoction and it looks like a great way to strengthen soft wood fibers. Does it retain the weatherproof properties of the spar, or would I need to top coat with spar, if that will even take. I’m going to finish a cedar table top, and am hoping for something that doesn’t need re-finished every few years. It will live on a covered, but open patio.

  28. Jade Fritz on March 26, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I came across this formula some years ago. Then lost it. Now, thanks to you Anne – I have it again just as I am starting on my 3′ x 7′ wood slab kitchen island top. Can’t wait to see the results!!

  29. PandaKnight52 on March 26, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    *Precision cut vintage cloth

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  31. Aris Kardasilaris on March 26, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Isn’t this essentially a home recipe for danish oil?

  32. MishtiLiving on March 26, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Oil or water based polyurethane? Please and thank you.

  33. james mcdowell on March 26, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Be sure to dispose of those rags properly ….they can catch on fire spontaneously

  34. 2300Kenzie on March 26, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Good recipe. I imagine the mineral spirits help wick the viscous polyurethane into the wood more efficiently. Sometimes I use dilute lacquer to harden wood in a similar manner.
    If you need some very durable and weather resistant wood, I imagine osage orange (aka hedge) should be available in your area. Tough stuff, twice as hard and strong as white oak.

  35. fauteh nikoo on March 26, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Greetings anne
    Thanks for your video a lot
    I have a question about finish I’m trying to make
    I’m using rosin (colophony) as the resin (wich is a natural resin) and olive oile and accetone to dissolve them
    But when I apply it , it remains very sticky and adhesive and never dries .
    Can anyone help me with this problem ???
    Should I use kind of a "hardener" ??

  36. sandra rattray on March 26, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Hi, very helpful! Any tips for finishing pieces destined for outdoor use eg cedar table?

  37. Theron Roberts on March 26, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Should we use a prestain on our furniture before we stain it?

  38. Stuart Braithwaite on March 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Great informative video, have tried this method and is now my goto method of applying wood finish.

  39. Mystic Valley Wood Works on March 26, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Would recommend it for a table top. Like tv console table

  40. Tandi Parent on March 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Just found you Anne….I’ll be trying out your finish, it’s really pretty

  41. Timothy Carr on March 26, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Question Anne, with using the boiled linseed, doesn’t one have to worry about the rag combusting if not properly cared for or discarded? they heat up while drying, and will spontaneously combust, if just left lying around, right?

  42. Mike Dodson on March 26, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Anne. Is this the same finish you used on your writing desk?

  43. Gophersgirl on March 26, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    My woodworking teacher always made his own using pinesap and other natural ingredients, that stuff always smelled amazing!

  44. Kyle Clark on March 26, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Love the simplicity and flexibility of this method!👌 And the democratic chair is awesome. I really want to make one!

  45. yonny1954 on March 26, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Just paid a lot for some Watco oil……ARG…….Well at least I’ll be ready next time, thanks! Subscribed.

  46. dunnotck1 on March 26, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Image a mistake and let it get tacky, any tips on how to fix it?

  47. Dave Harrington on March 26, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    Very good Anne. Full of very good information. But them that is what we have come to expect from your videos. It looks as though your move the Tennessee has set in and you are beginning to feel comfortable there. You are a great gal Anne and a serious inspiration to young women everywhere.

  48. Filipinas Tuazon on March 26, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    You’re really amazing 😍

  49. D Bee on March 26, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Hrmm, the red oak and walnut actually is pretty nice. I usually like Birch or Maple with walnut cuz I love the contrast and the pop of the walnut against the light wood….but that’s red oak ain’t half bad either.

  50. Eric Ramaekers on March 26, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Oil based helsman?