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Natural Wood Finishes, Stains and Varnishes

Keep wood surfaces beautiful with healthier stains and varnishes.

Furniture fashions from Q Collection, like the Helen bedside table
Photo Courtesy Q Collection
Auro’s Natural Finishing Oil and European Furniture Wax create a safe coating for this wooden baby crib.
Photo Courtesy Auro
Tried and True’s Danish Oil, made of linseed, gives a satiny sheen to this handcrafted rocker from Vermont Folk Rocker.
Photo Courtesy Tried and True
These sofa tables are finished with polyurethane-free AFM Safecoat finishes.
Photo Courtesy Q Collection
Sources: Green Building Products, edited by Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn (Building Green, 2005; Green Seal’s “Choose Green” report on wood finishes and stains (
To protect these bamboo didgeridoos against drying or splitting, instrument maker Jerry Brendle coated their bores and exteriors with Pure Tung Oil from the Real Milk Paint Company.
Photo Courtesy Jerry Brendle
Oak floors gain nontoxic luster from Bona Traffic waterborne hardwood floor finish from BonaKemi.
Photo Courtesy Bona Traffic

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