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I'm curious what is the least obtrusive way to finish any given piece of wood. I.E. no change in color, with little to no gloss. To appear as if there is no finish at all.

Why then, even bother applying anything? To minimize discoloration, protect from moisture, etc.
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Looking for responses that apply broadly, but to elaborate on my current reason for asking...

I'm working on a wine rack that will go on the kitchen counter. I'd like to protect it from moisture and stains (as in food). It is composed of poplar and rosewood. I really like the natural look of the woods and not a fan of any amount of gloss.

I usually finish with dark oil-based stains (I have an affinity for black). I don't know much about other types of finishes likes mineral oil, shellac, etc.
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I find that Scandinavian Oil seems to do what I want.


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For a natural, satiny, finish I mostly use wipe on poly. Simply wipe (or brush) on 2 to 3 coats of the poly with a light buff of 0000 steel wool after each coat is dry. Then, after the last coat dries, apply a liberal coat of Johnson's Paste Wax with 0000 steel wool. Let it set for an hour or so then buff with a soft, lint free, cloth (t-shirt). I like this method for the natural look and it is (almost) idiot proof. YMMV

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Walker, you might like the finish and ease of use you get with Watco Clear Danish Oil. It gives a slight yellowing tint and a very soft sheen like french polishing. Glue up a couple scraps of your project wood so you can see the results before you commit to it.

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I'm with George on the satin urethane, except I just use a 'fine' sanding sponge for the first couple of coats, then woven sanding pads for the last coat. I never put wax over the last coat in case I need to recoat down the road.
Urethane is pretty effective at slowing down the natural colour change of wood.
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I don't know much about other types of finishes likes mineral oil, shellac, etc.
So, then you get some scrap wood, of the type you will use, and experiment with the different finishes, until you get something you're satisfied with. I've used unused cooking oil with good results.

Or, you could get water/rot resistant wood, and not put any finish on it at all.
Or, you could just nail it to the wall, and not have it on the counter at all.
Or, just drink the entire bottle every time you open one.
Plenty of options open to you, just up to you to decide what you want. And if you make something and the wood rots, no prob, just make another, using a different type of wood. Personally if I wanted a 'natural' finish, I might well just use some white Elmer's glue, thinned 50/50, and brushed on. I use thinned Titebond II on any number of things I make, but it does not dry clear like the Elmers, the Titebond dries with a sort of amber color, that I like.

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I picked up some of that Watco Danish Oil and some Satin Polyurethane. Is Scandinavian Oil the same as Danish Oil? Luckily I'm doing this completely for fun, so I have no time constraints. I'll try some various applications on some scrap and let it set for a few days.

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Or, just drink the entire bottle every time you open one.
Haha, that's what usually happens. My current wine rack mostly houses old bottles that I think look cool or were particularly enjoyable. I keep them so I don't forget what brand they were.

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Walker, you will get used to the Aussie-speak. Same stuff with a different name down under.

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