Are you planning to restore the table (as opposed to renovate)? That's to say do you want to use the same finish as the original?
I think linseed oil is quite a labour intensive finish (Joyce says 12 coats!!) and my book on finishing quotes an old finisher who says that a traditional oil finish should be rubbed with a bare hand twice a day for a week, twice a week for a month, twice a month for a year and twice a year for life :shock: Have you considered a traditional oil based varnish? You can then wax over the top (beeswax on its own is probably too soft - again, a pure burnished beeswax finish is another labour intensive but beautiful finish). E