I'm building a small side table (very small - about 10w x 16h x 16d)
The top is a piece of african dunnowood that my F-I-Law brought back from Tanzania 4-5 years ago for me. From looking through Terry Porter's "WOOD Identification Guide" book, I'm reasonably sure that it is African Mahogany. But it just might be Afircan Walnut.
The legs and stretchers are all maple. Almost. I'm going to inlay some strips of the mahogany in the legs, to give some interest.
Anyway. I'm experimenting on some scraps with different finishes. So far I've tried some Circa 1850 "Tung-n-Teak" oil, and I've also tried some "Tried and True Original Wood Finish" (which is a blend of polymerized linseed oil with pure beeswax).
Both are pretty easy to use, and give a lovely deep tone to the African Mahogany. But I'd like the maple to be a bit more amber, and less pale.
I'm curious if anyone has experimented with a "Wiping Varnish", such as "Watco Wipe-on Poly" and can give feedback or opinions.
I want something that is also giving good water resistance - a film finish or varnish - as it will sit in the LR and you KNOW someone will set a glass on it, or spill something on it sooner or later.
Ideas or suggestions?