I'm making a cradle for a friend (helping him actually) and we're wondering
about the best finish for butternut. We have some beautiful figured wood
that we want to bring out the figure and be safe for the baby (his 1st
Granddaughter). I use a lot of Tung oil on my projects but not sure if it's
right for a babies cradle. Help.
Thank you guys,
Al in WA
There's tung oil and there's tung oil. Unfortunately, what it says on
the label isn't always what's in the can. Pure tung oil is safe. Tung
oil with heavy metal catalysts in it is not. Check what you buy carefully.
First off, unless this is a terribly large cradle, you don't have to
worry about gnawing the finish -- most babies need moved out to a crib
about the time they can turn over. Make sure the finish is dry and
"aired out" before putting the cradle in service.
Personally, I like Watco natural on butternut -- pops the figure,
keeps the color.
Tung oil is probably a good choice too.
I've only recently discovered Butternut. I finished my first project
with clear Watco, and it is beautiful. I understand tung oil holds up
better, but I haven't used any yet.
A local supply house sells 4/4 for 2.50 a board foot, the least
expensive wood they have. I'll be using a lot more of it.
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