2. To be sure that your reclaimed wood is properly cleaned and sanitized before using it in your home, steam clean it. It removes the dirt you can see and the germs you can’t.
3. For a satiny finish on your woodworking projects that looks more natural than a polyurethane, use a mixture of one part varnish, one part boiled linseed oil, and one part paint thinner. Your finished piece will look like you gave it an old-fashioned hand-rubbed finish, without the trouble.