Building an oak dining table can be very easy in The Sims 4: Build it Yourself. You can build one in your player-owned house's Dining Room and earn 240 construction experience when finished. It requires only four oak planks and can be built fairly quickly. This is a good way to train your Construction skills in a short period of time.
Hard wax oil
Hard wax oil is a protective finish that provides the same benefits as penetrating oil but is even more durable. This unique blend of natural oils and waxes penetrates the wood pores and creates a protective film that resists wear and tear. It is made with zero VOCs, which means that the oil won't contain any harmful chemicals.
This kind of oil is made from a combination of wax and oil that protects your table against water, heat, dirt, and moisture. It offers a matte or satin sheen, while preserving the natural look and feel of the wood. While hard wax oil is more resistant to water than varnish, it may need to be reapplied more often to maintain the protective effect.
Hardwax oil is easy to apply. The process is quite similar to that of traditional wood finishing products, but it has one significant advantage: the ability to apply color during the finishing process. However, this method requires a high level of sanding skill and experience. Hardwax oil finishes are generally low in VOC levels, which means that they are safe for use on sensitive people.
When using hard wax oil, it is important to choose a ventilation-controlled space. You don't want to expose the table to a flammable liquid, as lacquer can be dangerous. Once the oil hardens, it is safe to use the table inside your home.
Hardwax oil products are made from a combination of natural and synthetic waxes. Common types include beeswax and carnauba wax. A single-component hardwax oil cures by reacting with air, which takes about 30 days. During this period, the table should be kept out of damp conditions, and no water should be present.
If you are planning on refinishing the table yourself, the first step is to sand the surface of the table using a coarse-grit sandpaper. Once you have removed the dust, you can now apply the oil. Make sure to mix the oil properly. Apply it thinly along the grain of the wood. The oil should then be left to dry for about eight to ten hours under good ventilation. Typically, one coat will be enough, but in some cases two coats may be necessary.
The process of applying hardwax oil is vitally important and any deficiencies in the sanding will be evident during the application of hardwax oil or colored oil. Use coarse-grit sandpaper if necessary, but don't use very fine grit if the wood is too rough. Too fine-grit sandpaper will polish the wood and close the wood's cell structure.
Danish oil is another popular type of oil that is used to protect wood. Danish oil has a matte finish and pairs well with open-grained hardwoods. Danish oil is thinner than hard wax oil, but it gives the wood an additional protective barrier. It's also easy to apply and requires fewer coats than hard wax oil.
If you're unsure which type of wax to use, you can always choose beeswax, a wax made of a moderately soft substance that produces a natural-looking finish. Beeswax is safe for young children and is widely available. And it's also relatively cheap.
Polyurethane is another option, but a hardwax oil finish is more resilient. Unlike polyurethane, it doesn't create a film on the wood surface. This means it won't be absorbed by moisture and dirt and is more easily removed. Polyurethane also allows water vapor to pass through the wood.