I used Osmo Raw for my box which keeps the neutral look of the timber by cancelling out any yellowing caused by normal oils. I find this looks good on pale timbers such as Ash and Sycamore for example.
However the downside to this finish is that it doesn’t create contrast in the grain and will look somewhat minimal instead. Which isn’t necessarily something you want if you are working with figured or exotic timbers. In addition, the yellowing caused by normal oils will make timbers such as Oak a beautiful golden colour.
My suggestion would be to create a few test pieces to find out what look you are going for. If you want punch and contrast, go for Osmo Clear. If you want minimal and clean, go for Osmo Raw.
How to Sand the Box
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
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The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!