thinning tung oil

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Blog series by harum updated 09-11-2019 09:28 PM 3 parts 2613 reads 4 comments total

Part 1: does thinning tung oil work?

09-08-2019 12:20 AM by harum | 4 comments »

I’m finishing my silver maple project with tung oil because I like the warm yellow color, the figure, and the texture. My finishing schedule is multiple coats of tung oil thinned 1:1 with this super-green (the color is actually bright lemon yellow) citrus solvent. I’ve read an opinion from another ww forum that thinning of tung oil is a waste of time and solvent because the oil molecules aren’t getting changed by the solvent and, one by one, still have to do the same...

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Part 2: Results: edge grain

09-11-2019 09:17 PM by harum | 0 comments »

Here are the photos of the edge grains after ripping through the centers of the wells. Pure oil is at the top; 1:1 thinned oil is at the bottom. Poplar, silver maple, and walnut: Looks like the oil is harder to see on edge grain than on end grain. The difference for the walnut is detectable, not inconsistent with better penetration of thinned oil. But is it due to thinning only or also due to grain direction variation?

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Part 3: Results: end grain

09-11-2019 09:28 PM by harum | 0 comments »

The same boards cross-cut through the wells. Poplar: top—pure oil, bottom—thinned oil: Silver maple: top—pure oil, bottom—thinned oil: Walnut, with pretty wild grain: top—pure oil, bottom—thinned oil: From end grain photos, for the walnut obviously thinned oil penetreated much deeper; somewhat deeper for the silver maple; and there’s barely any difference for the poplar. Of the three samples, only poplar has straig...

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