but this is the kind of finish you can get with Minwax Antique Oil

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here’s another shot that maybe shows off the grain. It’s hard to get a decent picture with the flash. Maybe I should take it outside when the light is gray and diffuse.

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The photograph does not do it justice at all.
You can apply the oil, wait ten minutes and buff wiht burlap or coarse cloth, and it gives a deep matte luster, or you can simply let it dry, and it turns shiny.

I’ve been steel-wooling it after each coat, to let it fill the grain, which has worked wonderfully. I can still give it another coat and buff it, which will leave the finish matte and lustrous, or shiny and pretty. It’s a tossup. One way or the nother, it looks great.