I'm a traditionalist, or at least I've been accused of being one. I use finishes with no synthetic thinners. I'm moving away from walnut oil in favor of Tried and True Original finish, which is mostly linseed with some bees wax. I've also played around with Danish oil and their varnish. Traditional cabinet makers will verbally spank you for applying varnish or Danish oil if the finish thickness is anything more than bare bones minimum. 1/100 of a inch is the number I've heard many times. That sounds perfect for a walnut armoire with a hand rubbed finish, burnished with steel wool between coats, etc.... But... What about utility bowls? I'm a bit of a finish slob, and I keep going back to more is better—within reason of course. Bowls take a lot of abuse. Armoires are not for serving salad, after all. If anyone here as an opinion on micro-thin finishes, I'd love to hear it!