After some research on finishing black walnut, I decided that I would apply boiled linseed oil (BLO) to the walnut Shaker side table. As I was building the table I kept imagining what the wood was going to look like with the oil and could barely wait to see it.
I haven't used boiled linseed oil much before this project. I used it on some fir 1x2's that I placed on the edges of my french cleat system and I liked the way it made the wood look and feel.
As the weather warms, I've been pretty busy with my other hobby, kayak fishing, I've hardly spent any time in the shop and knew that I needed to get the side table done and in place in the living room soon.
I removed the top and applied a very liberal coat of BLO to both sides. The oil really brought out the reddish tone in the air-dried walnut. I was impressed with the look and hopefully the picture will do it justice.
I still need to finish the epoxy patch on the leg and scrape or sand the rest of the table before I apply oil. I'm planning to let the oil cure for several days and then apply several coats of polyurethane varnish using a ScotchBrite pad. I'll be sure to post some pictures.