> I recently built the first of two matching nightstands. I am using
> Linseed Oil(boiled) as I really like the way it brings out the grain. I
> am currently working with red oak and am a little concerned about
> number of, and thickness of coats of oil I should apply.
Like you, I also like BLO as a finish.
The instructions should be on the can of BLO.
1 part BLO, 2 part Turps.
Apply thin coats with a rag, allow plenty of time between coats.
Red oak, due to its porous nature, is probably going to soak up a lot
When it won't soak up any more and dry, you're done<G>.
My guess is at least 5-6 coats.
Don't know where you live, but wouldn't try to apply BLO unless the
ambient temp is at least 60F.
Are you going to wax over the BLO?