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Time lapse Woodworking #2: Late night wipe on rub off oil finish

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 1316 days ago 1494 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Attaching a coffee table storage shelf with dowels Part 2 of Time lapse Woodworking series Part 3: Custom Wooden Rocking Chair Arm Shaping »

Well we had a long day in the shop, working on a custom rocking chair which is really coming along great. Joel sanded and burnished the back braces up to a wonderful glow, showing off the extreme curly figure they have.

But that’s another story, here I took another time lapse of me applying a coat of our 3 part finish to a trestle coffee table and the top to a dining table we’ve been working on.

The finish is a mixture of equal parts of Raw Tung oil, Boiled Linseed oil and Poly Urethane ( semi-gloss), mix together in a salad dressing jar and apply with a foam brush.

I find you want to get the finish applied as quickly as possible so a foam brush designed to flood a surface is perfect. Let the finish soak in for about 20 – 30 minutes and wipe off completely.
Happy viewing!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com



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Skylark53

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#1 posted 1315 days ago

The finished product sure looks real nice. I’ve never tried altering poly like that. I find it difficult to work with straight out of the can, but your formula and technique would improve that part. Do you feel there is enough poly left on the surface for suitable durability?

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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DonH

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#2 posted 1315 days ago

Hi Paul

Great product and great video – well done on both counts. I am going to try that finish as I have been getting mixed results with polymerized tung oil, particularly on mahogony due to the open pores. On the other hand I get great results on oak with arts and crafts furniture. Any thoughts on that?

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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SASmith

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#3 posted 1315 days ago

Nice production. Thanks for posting. I wish I could work that fast.
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 1315 days ago

Our sanding process I feel is one reason on the first coat the wood really soaks up the finish, almost none actually wipes off, as we progress with the coats we apply less because it is not absorbed rather just left on the surface. So for chairs and surface that will not be heavily abused 2 – 4 coats works well. If you want greater protection for a table top, just apply more coats. Yes it does build very thin after the 3 coat just means you have to do 10 – 12 applications to a table top. It’s so quick to do and you never have to worry about dirt, dust, runs, etc….. thus the extra time is at least spent enjoying the product soon to be finished.

I think for mahogany which is similar to lacewood sanding to a higher grit will yield a better surface compared to a wood like oak or maple. When you sand oak it is very hard where a 220 sand paper will leave a 220 surface but a mahogany may yield a 180 surface using 220 kinda thing…. just throwing a made up example.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 1315 days ago

Were you listening to the Beastie Boys when you were finishing this? That track matches your time lapse well!

I am definitely going to have to try this finish out on a future piece.

Do you simply use paper towels to wipe it off, or do you go with cotton rags on the last coat or two?

Thanks for the entertaining video (and for me, yes, the music certainly added to it).

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 1315 days ago

I’ve been improving the multi-media experience for my fellow jocks glad to know it’s appreciated!

We typically have satellite radio on, usually on faction channel 28 or lithium, sometimes classical when im alone.
I really like the beastie boys and especially the song flute loop and it happen to fit perfect… win win…

I prefer to use the blue shop towels from Canadian tire, i’m guessing you can get them at home depot also, they absorb more finish compared to normal paper towels also softer in my opinion.

But right not i’m out, need to sell some chairs to get supplies…..lol

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 1315 days ago

Paul, thanks for the quick reply. I know the rolls you’re talking about. I’ll have to get a roll and try them out. They would appear to be softer as you’ve stated, and so probably good on the final coat then too?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Chip

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#8 posted 1315 days ago

Informative as well as really great fun to watch. Love all of them Paul. Thanks!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 1315 days ago

Use the blue shop towels on all coats to remove the finish
When you go past 3 coats, you really don’t need to brush much finish on just enough to wet the entire area as most will just rub off, but still be sure to wipe it down good or you’ll have bad sticky spots…..booo urns! It will build slowly past 3 coats, but it will still build so keep applying if you want more protection. On our chairs 2 – 4 coats is what we do but table tops get around 10 – 12.

Also between coats you should rub it down with steel wool 0000 very fine, or the equivalent with those plastic pads, I think gray is what I use sometimes.

We have a laptop in the shop now so it’s much easier to ” waste time ” on it…..lol

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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DonH

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#10 posted 1314 days ago

Hi Paul – thanks for the feedback your suggestions and process seem like they should do the job for me on that chamoir mahogany I have been struggling with.

Thanks

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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