Rubbing Oil on Your Wood
To make your own oil finish, pour equal parts of turpentine and boiled linseed oil into a jar, tighten the lid, and shake to blend. (Caution: Wear rubber gloves.) Pour a small amount of the mixture on a soft cloth, and rub the surface of the furniture following the grain of the wood. The wood will appear oily, but within an hour the polish will be completely absorbed, leaving a lovely soft sheen.