Wood stains, oils, finishes - Help me figure out what I need, please Answered
I'm currently working on a coffee table inspired by https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Coffee-Table-From-Reclaimed-Wood, and I need to help figuring out how to treat the wood. I love the way the table in the instructable turned out, so something similar would be great. basically I want to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, not cover it up with color. But I would like the final product to be a bit darker than what the wood is right now.
I'm considering oil or water-based stains, danish oil, and other similar products, but I know very little about them. Do I want a stain? Is Danish Oil the same thing as a stain? As far as I can tell, the product in the instructable was water-based, semi-gloss, but doesn't have a color on the label, so it must be a clear coat? It definitely darkened the wood, but perhaps that's normal for a clear coat?
Other considerations: I would love for this to be as easy as possible, and environmentally friendly. If we can keep fumes to a minimum that would be great. :-) I also don't want anything that looks glossy as I think that looks kind of fake and doesn't keep with the spirit of the natural wood.
I'm totally lost, so please help me out if you can. I'm happy to answer clarifying questions!
Thanks in advance!