I have an old wooden unit I will strip to original bare wood, to use for a bathroom basin. I’d like to maintain the natural look of the wood. Please can you advice which of your methods you would recommend – I do not want a shiny or lacquered look. I had wondered if wax was the answer, but perhaps oil would be best? I’ve already learned a lot from reading all your information; what a brilliant source for help!!
Your repurposed wood will need better protection than just wood oil as bathroom basins often come in contact with water.
My recommendation would be to use a good stain and selaer like this one by Ready Seal which will allow you to achieve a natural look with good protection since you don’t want a lacquered look.
If you want to use wood oil you can use this one by Sunnyside.