What can I treat my mantle with?
I don't spend any time here, but get great advice everywhere else on GW so hope all you wonderful people can do the same for me here in the woodworking section.
I have a great old hunk of wood for a mantel. 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,