This has been on my mind for some time now. I love oil finish. The way it looks and feels. However, I'm afraid it won't be enough to protect this swamp ash back. Even when it arrived, there was a big ding in it from shipping. I'm curious how hard these hardening oil finishes get. Maybe I'll just go with what Hambone advised and try to get Truoil and then some polyurethane. What has been your experience so far? Thanks in advance!