: Thank you both. I have a question then: we also thought to use olive oil,
: I'd like it, but the other day a friend of mine advised me that the olive
: oil may sour and then smell sour. Have you ever heard something similar?
Yes, this can happen. There's been multiple discussions of food oils
used for finishing in rec.crafts.woodturning.
Try walnut oil instead of olive. It gives a very nice oil finish, and
the oil will cure (which olive oil won't).
-- Andy Barss