Show off your figure with linseed oil
What boiled linseed oil lacks as a protective finish, it makes up for as an inexpensive way to enhance wood grain. We rubbed a light coat of it on a curly maple board, shown above, to bring out the grain's dramatic rippled look. You can get similar results from tung oil, which goes on slightly lighter and darkens a bit less with age. That small difference will cost you, though. We found linseed oil for $3.50 a pint versus $12 for a pint of tung oil. At average temperature and humidity, give either oil at least a week to dry before applying a film finish. Other options for bringing out grain include Watco Danish Oil and Minwax Antique Oil Finish.