Finishing a Bespoke Sideboard with Osmo Oil

Every surface, panel, door and leg was sanded through the grits to 180g during the making of the sideboard. Now I sanded again starting at 180g working up to 320g.

Door panel laid out for sanding

Everything was given one coat of Osmo polyx oil 3032 and left for 10 minutes, so the oil penetrates into the  walnut, then any surplus oil was wiped off.

Sideboard carcass oiled up with osmo polyx oil

Twenty four hours later, I rubbed down every surface again; this time with 400g paper and applied a second coat of Osmo oil.

Veneered panels drying between coats

This process was repeated using 0000 fine steel wool, in between the coats of Osmo, until four coats of oil was applied to all surfaces and five to the top.

Door panels getting another coat of osmo oil


Closer view of the veneered door panel final finishing

After the oiling was complete, it was left for five days in the finishing room.

Finished sideboard components in drying room to cure

The final job was to polish every screw head on the back panel before taking the sideboard to the photographer and then wrapping it for delivery.


1 Comment
  1. Hi Aidan,

    Only came across your blog a couple of days ago but, already, I’m in admiration of your extreme patience, considering that you do this for a living.

    Allowing oil finishes to cure properly; giving timber sufficient time to settle in between operations… A lot of cabinet makers now would buy nothing but air-dried timber and finish it with some plastic-like cellulose-based lacquer… 😛


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