DIY Guides and Articles

Learn more about Tried & True Wood Finish by checking out these helpful articles and DIY tips below.

This video from O’Connor Woodworking, who is a long time user AND a newer retailer as well, is a great video if you are just learning about our products and how to best apply them or, if you want a quick refresher in oil-finishing technique.  In his words, “You really want to feel like you are not putting enough on, if you have that feeling then you are probably doing it right.”

Remember you can always add another coat later to even things out but, if too much absorbs into the wood, you can’t take it back.

Check out this awesome video from our friends at the woodturners catalog.

Many thanks to Don Dafoe and all at Craft Supplies USA!

Food Safe Wood Finish Tried and True Linseed Oil and Bees Wax

We here at Tried + True have been meaning to add this link to our site for quite some time.

It is an excellent article and instructional by wood-turner Kent Weakley from his website His methods and tips can be applied to many other types of projects and is worth a read for anybody interested in safe and solvent-free wood finishing.


Here is an easy step-by-step guide on using varnish oil.

It was put together by Colin MacDonald, who uses Tried & True wood finishes. It is very clean and clear, and perfect for anyone who is having application issues.


 Darbin Orvar, professional woodworker, uses our Tried & True wood finish in this video.

She also writes a very interesting article about durability with varnish oil. You can find that here. For more of Darbin’s work, check out her website here or go to Darbin’s youtube channel for more woodworking tips!


The Knotty Moose, a professional woodworker, writes very good article on switching from harsh solvent-based finishes to an all natural product.

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Marc Spagnuolo, or as many of you know him,
The Wood Whisperer, designed a walnut rocker and finished it with
Tried & True Varnish Oil and Original Wood Finish.

His video shows the full assembly from the beginning to the final coat of finish. He has the full video online here for purchase.

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