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I'm finishing a maple coffee table using the method described by Jeff Jewitt in FWW #135. I have put on the second coat of boiled linseed oil, and sanded it in with 400 grit wet/dry. At this point I have two problems:
1. The oil is taking a long time to dry (5 days so far and still sticky). I can live with this if it will dry eventually.
2. At two places on horizontal surfaces (the top and the shelf) I have patches of what I guess I should call orange peel - rough surface on the oil. It doesn't rub out with a cloth, although perhaps it would have when the oil was newer.
What can I do about this? If I thin it (with what) will that damage the dye stain beneath the oil? In most of the surface it really looks great and the curl really pops, so I'd hate to mess it up or start all over. Any advice?