Maple and Cherry Box #8: 'Crossing the Finish Line'

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Blog entry by Cheapguy82 posted 01-22-2017 07:31 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Fixes, Finger Joints, Sanding, and Finishing Prep Part 8 of Maple and Cherry Box series Part 9: What I Learned and Wrapping Everything Up »

This was my first time using tung oil. I watched a couple videos on youtube about it just to be sure that I wasn’t going to mess something up after reading the instructions on the can. It was really easy and I really like the results a heck of a lot. I waited 48 hours to do anything with it.

After that, I suppose that the wood expanded a bit from absorbing the oil. Maybe I’m imagining things, though, but I had to do some sanding on the lid in order to have the lid fit like it did before I applied it. Once I sanded, I applied more tung oil to the area that I had been working on and waited another 48 hours.

Tung Oil only 1

Tung Oil only 2

I made up a little wipe of poly using a 50/50 mix of mineral spirits and some Minwax poly (gloss) that I had from previous projects. Again, I watched some videos about wiping on this type of finish just to try to avoid any more ‘learning experiences’. I brushed the finish on and waited 24 hours before putting on another coat.

After another 24 hours, I quickly sanded with the 1200 grit and 000 steel wool that I had on hand to make everything smooth, applied paste wax, and buffed it off. I’m really pleased with the look of the finish and how easy the process is. In the past, I had struggled with getting brush strokes out of finishes and with drips. Doing things this way, I got a finish that I like and none of the issues that I had been fighting with were near as bad…which I’m a big fan of. Below, is the finished product. You can see the fixes/patches that I had to do – the bottom corners, crack along the bottom, and fill in piece of cherry that I had to use as a patch due to another flying off.


Corner fix and crack (the other corner patches look similar)

Cherry wood patch (bottom left cherry stripe detail)

Overall pics:

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 09:28 AM

Stephen, your finish turned out well. Nice work. Link to details of finishing process. This finish really makes the wood stand out. You might try using Minwax Satin Finish to compare the look. Different people will have different ideas of what looks best, but I prefer the satin look. This is a different kind of box, and you certainly couldn’t buy it at Walmart. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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