I'm finishing a small chest I made from cherry and want to use tung oil. On
the inside, should I give it a couple of coats of shellac as a sealer?
I'm using a pair of my jockey's to apply the tung oil. How long should I
wait before I wear them again. A little spontaneous combustion may not be a
bad thing ;)
I've just been reading Bill Knight & Bill Mende's work on 18th century
muzzle-loading rifles. After treating raw powder horns with verdigris
(copper acetate) as a preservative, they were bright green (hence
"green horns"). A final colouring was done by "dunging" them (burial
in a midden), or else by applying extracted Manure Salts.
I have been using a coat or two of tung oil, letting it dry. Then a couple
of coats of super blonde shellac. Nice depth and easy to do.
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Just curious, Ed...why aren't you gonna do the entire chest the same
I'll be curious as to the answers you get. I'm putting in a bunch of
replacement windows...and I'm gonna tung oil the frames that I built.
I'm wondering if I should put a coat of poly on them.
Can't help you here, Ed. I usually use Kotex for the main areas...and
a Tampax for the inside corners. But, hey...that's just me.
Have a nice week...
Cat...the OTHER white meat!
I figure the outside will be nice with just the oil. I'm concerned that the
inside may weep or the contents pick up something from the oil. That is why
I thought of sealing with shellac. If other's experience proves otherwise,
I'll use tung oil only.
Tung oil does cure. I find it dry to the touch within 1 day in my
typical thin coat approach (wipe-off). I've read it takes several
weeks to fully cure. So I wouldn't worry about weeping. The smell
does linger a while, so absorbent items in a closed box could pick up
a scent. I don't find the smell offensive, but wouldn't necessarily
want people to think it's a cologne I'm wearing either ;-)
If it's a small box you could use polymerized tung oil. It's much
pricier, but builds much faster and is much more durable according to
Jewitt's book. I find it has less odor too. It cures very rapidly,
really need to wipe off in 10 minutes, if you wait 30 minutes it's
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