Soap Flakes – A Scandanavian Method

G’day David

Just reading your comments on finishing the Sycamore chair.

Have you tried using Soap finish? This is, apparently, very popular in Scandinavian countries for the lighter coloured woods. I first read about this in an article on Hans Wegner’s furniture some time ago but could find no reference to the actual finish nor its application.

I only recently came across this soap finish.

I have only tried the finish on wood samples & it gives a beautiful low sheen silken finish, on woods off the plane with that gloss you get off a finely set and sharp plane.

I have not tried it on Sycamore as it is not generally available where I am, and would be interested to hear your comments.

Salve sis

Hey there David,

Yes we have been playing with soap as well. We got some very, very, expensive soup product from Dictum in Germany. It was unclear how to use it and not that great. I shall play on just getting pure soap flakes and making a stiff solution as your guy Bob Flexner suggests.

Thank you so much for the advice

kind regards


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