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I like the rich gloss from an oil finish. superfine sand the surface or 6-ought steel wool, clean then I’ve used Birchwood/Casey True oil rubbed on with 12 gauge patches &/or cotton balls. A little bit on each coat to build it up till it fills the grain & starts to seal it & shine. Patience is key here. They have wax in that same brand for after it dries too. I always just oiled it after cleaning. Then a soft, clean cloth for buffing it.