I just slathered on the first coat of finish on my sconces. Just plain old boiled linseed oil. Nothing fancy. I decided that I’m going to put a coat or two of oil on and see how I like it. If it’s too light I’ll probably put a coat or two of Garnet shellac on to build up some color, but the thought of getting an even coat on these little parts with all the little edges and corners leaves me a tad put off.
After one coat of oil the body and lid have reasonable color. The wall brackets — the last parts I made — are a bit too light. They will darken over time, so maybe I’ll just build up an all-oil finish and call it done. In the pics I haven’t wiped off the excess oil yet, so they show more sheen than they actually have at this point.
So, what’s next? building up more finish, cleaning up the shop and deciding what to do for the glass panels. The local glass shop has a 1 day introductory stained glass class in a few weeks. That might be the best plan for getting a handle on the glasswork. In the meantime I need to finish a few details on my tool cabinet and finish my Roubo workbench. And I want to do 10 other projects, including a small wall-hung cabinet. Too many ideas, not enough time.