I say mineral oil if it's a finish she is going to prepare food on and
doesn't want it sealed with a hard finish.
Tung oil is pretty succeptable to moisture. I have it on a coupe of
antiques, I ALWAYS make sure that they have coasters on them. Unlike a poly
finish that is pretty much waterproof.
I'm just finishing up construction of a counter and I'm wondering what
finish to use. I've got one strong recommendation for "osmo oil", a
few for just tung oil and one person who says I'm nuts if I don't use
some sort of spar varnish on it.
The client is pretty flexible. She doesn't mind it getting a bit
dinged up over time, doesn't want it to look "plasticy", but also
doesn't want it to fall apart if she lets a few dishes dry on it
overnight. We've used a LOT of tung oil at work, but I'm not
convinced it offers all that much protection. But I do like a
penetrating oil finish. And this guy says Osmo is really, really
good, in his opinion.
Anyone heard of it? Any other opinions? <snicker>
PS - This Peruvian walnut is some of the nicest stuff I've ever seen.
It's like the cleanest chocolate American walnut you've ever seen.
Awesome. I hope I'm not completely denuding the rainforest for using
it though.... Perhaps I should have gone FSC Certified... <sigh>
It's so pretty though.