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Tung oil – Walnut Oil

May 7, 2019

Finally I have completed a video about this fantastic method of applying tung oil on woodturned objects.

It took almost two years to finish this beautiful piece of wood. It comes from South Moravia and it survived the Second World War.

When I was experimenting with tung oil I accidently discovered this method. It was about 5 years ago. I had applied about 5 or 6 layers of tung oil on a walnut bowl that was sitting in my workshop. The surface looked awful and I was wondering what to do with it. I had used various kinds of abrasives but steel wool was the winner in the end. Paradoxically enough later on I found out that this method is described on Wikipedia. So I had a good laugh! Anyway I have not used many other oil or waxes but tung oil has been best for me so far, particularly with this method. It is lengthy but simple and definitely worth trying.

The method consists of applying 3 to 5 layers of tung oil. Each one has to get dry. Normally one layer takes about a week to dry at the temperature of 20 degree Celsius. Then the piece is polished with steel wood 0000 or 000 depending on roughness of the overall layer. Then a final layer of oil is applied and after a short time it is polished with a cloth and in the end I use paper tissue to polish the wood along the grains by hand.

I hope you will enjoy the video about this method and the beauty of wood. Thank you for watching!