Extremely Average #232: I gave Tung oil a try...

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 08-25-2010 04:58 AM 1392 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello LJ’s,

Tonight I decided to give Tung oil a try. I diluted it, as per the instructions, at 4:1, and applied it to one of my tiny boxes. I am very happy with the results.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 05:08 AM

Any story where your tools or your work in the shop can talk, is a GOOD STORY. Thanks !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 05:21 AM

I love Tung Oil! A great story! I have only used one brand and would like to try some others and see if they are different…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 06:32 AM

Brian, love the story, Major the box tickled me. And Catch 22 is one of my all-time favorites, laughed out loud most of the way through the read!

Tung Oil is also one of my all time favorities although not for furniture but for walnut gun stocks. Started with Formsby’s Tung Oil finish which reportedly has no tung oil, but now use a mix of pure tung oil, Formsbys, and mineral spirits, 1/3 each plus sometimes a bit of japan drier.

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 08-26-2010 03:54 AM

I am so glad that all of you liked the story. I really enjoy the posts where the tools talk too. They are the most fun to write, but I don’t do it every time, as it might get stale if I did.

I agree with Kindlingmaker, I want to try some other brands too. The mixture that Smitty22 mentioned sounds good too.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#5 posted 08-26-2010 03:59 AM

Interesting little boxes, and story. I’m going to have to start that spline business on my little boxes. Miters just aren’t cutting it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 08-26-2010 04:01 AM


These are the first boxes I have made, so I can’t say how they compare to boxes without, but I do like the looks of them. I did splines on 6 more boxes last night and I am getting faster at them now. I really expected it to be a challenge, but it is not so bad, especially with the jig I built.


-- Brian Meeks,

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