Need to treat my wood mantle
Hello Everyone. This is a cross post. I posted in the woodworking forum and in 4 days I have received not one answer. I am hoping that someone here can help me out.
I have a great old hunk of wood for a mantel. It is just a straight piece of wood about 4" thick that sits on brick supports that protrude from the wall. My hubby thinks it is either walnut or mahogany. It is in serious need of a coating of something. When it is wet (say from dusting with a damp cloth), it is beautiful. However it dries quickly to a dull boring piece of wood.
Normally I would put tongue oil on it or polyurethane and call it a day. But about 5 " from the front of this mantle sits our very large (5 1/2' tall) base burner coal stove which is our only source of heat in the winter, so it burns very hot all winter long.
I want to treat it with something to bring back out the natural beauty of the wood, but I am not sure what with because of this constant heat exposure.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,