I have a table that was built for me by my father from brigalow that was milled on his property. The building of the table was a long term project. Selection of wood, ageing of said timber, shaping and assembly. Brigalow is an extremely dense and hard wood that makes very heavy furniture. We transported the table disassembled as a top and legs for six hours on the back of the ute and assembled it in our outdoor eating space where it has remained for six or seven years. I did not varnish or paint it because I wanted to celebrate the timber and display the grain of the wood. It was necessary to put oil on it from time to time to keep it from cracking and buckling.
What I kind of knew but kind of ignored is that before periodic oiling it is a good idea to give the furniture a good scrub and sand it back a little to remove grime, old oil and such stuff. Consequently I now have a much more intense scrubbing and sanding job on my hands. How do you think it is looking?