When wood is freshly cut, its moisture content is quite high. It will take time for the moisture content to decrease to the point that furniture can be made out of the wood. Wood that is made into furniture still has a moisture content that is anywhere from 10 to 15 per cent. This amount of moisture needs to be maintained to keep the wood from shrinking, cracking, twisting and warping. Unfinished wood can be finished very effectively with natural products. The most common natural wood finishing product is beeswax. Beeswax products are commonly available in unfinished furniture stores and home improvement centres.
Apply beeswax product to a wax application pad. Wipe the beeswax product over the wood surface working in small areas at a time.
Leave the beeswax product on the wood surface for twenty minutes so it will have time to absorb into the wood.
Remove excess beeswax with a soft, dry cloth rag. Apply multiple coats of the beeswax finishing product to build up a nice protective layer.
Polish the wood surface with the grain of the wood using a cloth rag. The beeswax will polish to a satiny sheen.
Reapply the beeswax product using the same procedure regularly (every three to six months) to keep the wood well conditioned so it will not dry out and crack.