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Choosing the Right Finish for Redwood Furniture

Choosing the Right Finish for Redwood Furniture

Custom finishing services are available! All the slabs listed on our site are raw and unfinished, since many of our clients prefer to finish these pieces themselves. However, we also offer several different options for those looking to buy finished redwood furniture, including burl tables, mantels, headboards and more. Due to state regulations, there are some limitations on the types of finish we can use in our shop. Recently, though, we were able to expand our options. We’re excited to announce that we will now be offering Envirotex resin finish for our custom burl wood furniture. This finish is a great choice for redwood countertops, dining tables, and other custom projects.

Choosing the right finish for redwood furniture can sometimes be a challenge. In our shop, we use tung oil, Danish oil, and conversion varnish in addition to our new Envirotex finish. These are all excellent options for burl wood furniture, and offer an array of different sheens and degrees of durability. The best finish for your custom project will depend on your preferences for appearance, durability, and ease of maintenance. In this blog post, we’ll explain the options we offer in a little more detail to help you choose the right finish for your custom redwood furniture.

Tung oil

Tung oil provides a matte finish that brings out the color and character of the wood while keeping a more natural look and feel. While it is not as durable as other finishes, it is the easiest to maintain and reapply when needed. This finish is a great choice for coffee tables, shelves, headboards, art pieces and more. Tung oil is an excellent finish for redwood and is an especially good choice to bring attention to figured or curly grain patterns. The burl wood headboard shown below was finished in tung oil – in this example, you can really see how this natural finish brings out the character of the wood.

A headboard finished in tung oil. This is an excellent finish for redwood furniture.

Conversion Varnish

Conversion varnish gives burl wood furniture a little more gloss and a more durable surface. Burl wood slabs finished with conversion varnish show the beauty of the wood through a thicker, glossier layer of finish. This commercial grade finish is often preferred for desks, dining tables, counter tops, or other pieces that see a little more regular wear and tear. If properly cared for the finish will remain in good condition for many years. The conference table shown below is a great example of the shine and durability conversion varnish adds to a piece.

A burl wood table finished in conversion varnish. Conversion varnish is an ideal finish for redwood dining tables and desks.


Envirotex resin is the newest finishing option offered at our shop. This is the most durable finish we offer, and has a high-gloss sheen and a thick layer of finish. Many of our clients prefer this finish for bar tops, restaurant tables, or kitchen counters. A single coat of Envirotex creates a highly resilient and durable finish that protects the wood and can withstand spills and regular wear. In the slab shown below, you can see how this glossy finish brings out the color and character of the wood.


Danish Oil

Danish Oil is our recommended finish for redwood mantels and shelves. While we can finish our fireplace mantels using any of the options listed above, most of our clients prefer Danish oil. This finish consists of a mix of tung oil and varnish, which gives our mantels a light satin sheen that draws attention to the natural color and character of the wood. Like tung oil, it is easy to maintain and reapply when needed. The two mantels shown below are great examples of how Danish oil highlights both rustic live edge mantels and more modern, square cut pieces.

Two mantels finished in Danish oil. This satin finish is prefect for burl wood furniture and decor.

Contact Us for More Information

Since every project we finish is one of a kind and completely custom, pricing and timing will vary. If you’re interested in a finished piece of burl wood furniture, contact us with the dimensions or item number you’re looking at, your preferred finish, and any other information you can provide about your project. We’ll be happy to provide a quote and work with you to create the perfect finished piece.

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