Your handmade wood furniture is an investment that should increase in value over time. How much that value appreciates is dependent on how well you care for it, particularly for furniture with an oil finish. It is essential to follow the instructions below to ensure that your furniture will provide a lifetime of service and enjoyment to your family.
Each piece of wood is unique. As such, the natural color or grain variations will cause the wood to react differently to finish. It is not uncommon to find several contrasts in the same piece of furniture.
The lighter pieces were closer to the tree's bark, the darker pieces were closer to the tree's center. Grain variations and mineral deposits should not be viewed as flaws. These natural markings have absolutely no effect on the furniture's durability or structural integrity. Knots and other characteristics are much like the nubs you find in such fine fabrics as silk and linen, true indications of genuine quality.
Wood is very sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.
This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.
Many experts believe that dusting with a dry cloth is abrasive and will ultimately dull the finish. A dry cloth will not really remove dust, they say.
Although it is not necessary, you may feel free to use commercial polishing products on furniture that has a lacquer finish. Furniture with an oil finish has special care recommendations (see instructions).
When you receive your furniture it may be tacky from the oil finish we have applied in the studio. The entire piece should be wiped with a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth. Do not use commercially available polishes or waxes. Wood remains a live medium and can tend to dry out over time. For maintenance, pure, non-toxic linseed oil (such as this Tried and True finish) or any high quality furniture oil (without petroleum dryers or thinners) should be applied immediately after delivery and again every 3-12 months. Regular oiling will deepen the finish while enhancing the natural beauty of the wood. It will also restore the finish over scratches. Good quality oil products are widely available in better hardware stores. With minor care, this furniture will be enjoyed for years and likely generations to come.
The furniture in these 4 collections should be oiled immediately upon initial receipt and re-oiled periodically with linseed oil-based, non-toxic natural danish oil. In fact when you first receive any furniture with an oil finish you may notice that the wood is still tacky from the oil we have applied in the studio. Not to worry. Just use a clean, soft cloth and wipe down the surface of the wood.
We suggest that you do not use furniture polish or dusting sprays that include a polish, or any wax on the furniture in these 4 collections. While some waxes are compatible with the finish used, many are not. Tung oil is incompatible with this finish and should not be used on the furniture in these collections.
Our recommendation is that your furniture be re-oiled within one day after it is placed in your home, using linseed oil-based natural danish oil. The oil should be applied with a soft lint-free cloth in accordance with the directions provided on the product label.
Additional coats of oil should be applied as necessary, depending on the humidity level in your home. For optimum conditioning of the wood, coats are applied regularly (once a day for the first week, once a week for the first month, once a month for the first year and once a year thereafter).
Once in awhile some customers may find that the end grain of a wooden table top (with an oil finish) becomes slightly raised. This is natural as the ability of wood to absorb oil varies with temperature and humidity. It does not affect the quality or integrity of your furniture and will likely smooth out on its own. You may however elect to smooth the grain with a 0000 steel wool pad (or equivalent (synthetic sanding pad).
A liquid satin wax (Original Wood Finish) may also be applied to this furniture if desired. The wax helps to keep the oil from drying out and lends an additional rich soft satin lustre to the wood. The wax and oil products we recommend are totally compatible with each other and can be applied in any combination over the life of your furniture. To truly achieve the best look, performance and durability of your furniture finish we strongly recommend the use of these products and only these products:
We do not currently sell these finishing products online due to shipping restrictions in Vermont. You can purchase them at your local hardware store or online at Woodcraft.com. More furniture care instructions here.