Felt this one fitted better here than over in DIY.
I bought a 2-metre walnut worktop to use as a tabletop for my home office desk. It's atop two Ikea Alex Drawers—one of those "Ikea hacks", except I opted for solid wood instead of laminate.
I didn't fancy the sagging risk and needed something kitchen island depth (900mm) as I have an ultrawide monitor on top of it. With the monitor being mounted on a stand, the standard ~650mm depth would have meant that the monitor would be out on top of me. And I didn't want the stand hanging over the rear. So it's solid (and yeah, heavy) but in need of oiling! I can only look at the plastic covering so much longer
Wondering how I should do it?
The timber yard advised me to hand-sand it before oiling to raise the grain, but for the life of me can't remember what grit the guy suggested. I thought I heard him say 80 grit by hand and then a hoover, but remembered after the call that low numbers mean coarse sandpaper. So, I figure he actually said something more like 280! Would that be more like it?
From some searching, I've seen people talking wet sanding, sanding and then wiping with a damp cloth, and some suggesting letting the oil soak and going in circular motions...
Found this old post, but a little unclear as to whether these approaches are mutually exclusive or not. And wondering whether I need to do anything differently for the finish, given Im using it as a desk and not a kitchen worktop.
Also, the current depth requirement mentioned above may be a short term thing. Now that I have it in the house, I'm thinking of attaching a monitor arm to the worktop or mounting the monitor to the wall behind. So the monitor stand would be gone. I could then comfortably reduce the worktop depth by 200mm. It's great at the moment, a bit like mission control but I'd almost certainly put a circular saw to it if I got rid of the stand. Am I right in assuming I'd re-sand that section/edge and then simply oil the exposed part?
The oil I have is Danish Oil from Furniture Clinic.