Looking for finishing tips for old semi rough sawn boards in a living room. The wood is very dry and not very attractive as it sits now and I do not want to polyurethane it. Any suggestions?
I just made a mantle out of an old barn beam. I used a wire wheel first, then sanded with 80 -> 120 -> 220 sandpaper using a random orbital. Wiped with mineral spirits and then two coats of tung oil, lightly sanding again with 220 between coats. It has a nice matte finish and tung oil doesn't build a film like poly does.