seal with shellac 3 coats 50/50 then 2 coats full straight and then apply Blo or tung oil 50/50 with mineral spirits 3 coats then 3 coats full straight and buff out. Sanding between each coat.
Using steel wool is something I hate to do. Having small strands of wool in a finished piece dose not look good
After I do my finial sand with 600 I take comet and thinner and make a paste then get the white 3M pad that's the fine pads, and start buffing the piece out. The finial step is 3 coats of wax. Thinly applied each coat.
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
::: Andrew Wyeth :::