Wha' Happen? I have nearly finished a nice Cherry Arts & Craft Coffee
Table. The table top was finished with two coats of Tried & True Danish Oil
with each coat curing for two days. Then added four more coats of T&T
Varnish Oil to provide some additional protection to the surface, again
allowing two days between coats. I did as instructed and wiped the surface
COMPLETELY dry after being absorbed for the recommended time. It was
beginning to look pretty good when I decided that I should let it "age" a
bit before presenting it to SWMBO. So I moved it to the porch in nice
bright South Carolina sunshine. I thought a few hours might bring out the
better qualities of Cherry.
I took a look at it after about 30 minutes and WOW. There were puddles of
oil setting on the surface! It was really bleeding. I wiped it down and
decided to just let it sit there in the sun to what would happen. I had
thought that the oil would have cured in wood by now and there should have
been no bleeding. I have continued to wipe it down every half hour or so.
It is beginning to look better now but not sure what happened.
Have I ruined it? Should I have waited longer (1 week or month) before
trying to darken the wood? Is this something I can expect from other oil
products or is it specific to T&T? I will take the table top back to the
shop in a few more minutes (it's still on the porch) and let it sit for
another day or so. Then I have to decide if I need to plane, scrape and
sand before starting all over.
I really like T&T products and hope I can figure out the proper way to use
them. I have built a few other tables using the products but never put them
in direct sunlight. Being able to practically drink the stuff is a big plus
in my book. The lack of strong odor is another plus.
Any help from the finishing experts would be appreciated.