Preserving white oak basket


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Old 11-25-14, 07:16 PM
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Preserving white oak basket

I was given a basket made out of white oak strips, circa 1900; used for picking cotton. It's in really good shape but I'd like to keep it that way. I replaced the lashing on the rim with rawhide. I've thought about spraying it with an oil like tung, linseed, or lemon...but thought it would darken the open grain white oak. Thought about just spraying it with polyurethane....? Thoughts, please? If I'm in the wrong area, I apologize and welcome and admin move as needed. Thank you. --Bryant
 
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Most any oil base coating will deepen the colors naturally in the wood. Water based poly/varnish won't change the look of the wood any other than give it a sheen. Lacquer might not change the color but it's been a long time since I used lacquer and don't remember for sure
 
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Old 11-26-14, 04:20 AM
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Thank you, Marksr......I'll pick up some water based poly; it's durability would will be just fine as the basket lives indoors now. Much thanks, sir.
 
 

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