Originally Posted by clrussell
Mine just seems very dark. I'll keep going and it'll either get Better or worse
I only sanded the end grains, not top or bottom. Didn't want it TOOOOO smooth as kids would slide off as happened on our Ski Nautique. Won't happen on the MC. Don't get me wrong it is not rough, just not like glass. If you keep going with more oil, chances are it will get even darker. I let mine dry for several days and before the last three applications, I only added a light coat of oil where the wood turned to a slight ashy color. Eventually it will be uniform all over.
Hope that works for you as well.