Finishing Oak Sleepers

19 Sep 2008
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Im picking up a few green oak sleepers that I'll use to create a couple of shelves and a mantelpiece. What the best way to finish them to make them look attractive?

I simple planned on sanding them until they were fairly smooth, and then perhaps oiling them, to try and get them to match my oak furniture, which is a medium rustic oak finish. Is there any recommended techniques/finishes/oils to use?

Also, does anyone know of the best fixings to use to make them floating shelves? The pieces for the shelves are 90cm x 22cm x 6.5cm.

Thanks for any help.
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Hack it with a hatchet to give it that ole time worn look.
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used one above my fireplace, which was partly seasoned. used danish oil or togue oil on it (an remember which!) looks great
Oil is the way to go, any film forming finish will crack as the beam dries.

But yea, green oak stuck inside could split and shrink by about 6%, get air dried.

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