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Oil Finish Color Tests

I have been testing different finishes for the Baltic Birch and Oak Plywood I use. I found that an oil finish looks the best. I am currently using "Watco Danish Oil. Below are my test. The top image is taken with a flash, the lower image is with natural lighting (in the sun). I have some colored playing pieces on the samples so you have a color reference. The color in the Watco oil is very light and it is very subtle. Select any image to see a larger version of the image in a new windows (tab).

From left to right the oil colors are:

Baltic Birch

The color in the Watco oil is very light and it is very subtle. Birch color test with flash Birch color test with natural light

Oak 1/8"

The oak has such a rich color, the Watco Oil has little to no effect on the color of the oak. Oak 1/8 inch color test with flash Oak 1/8 inch color test with natural light

Oak 1/4"

The oak has such a rich color, the Watco Oil has little to no effect on the color of the oak. Oak 1/4 inch test with flash Oak 1/4 inch test with natural light