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Juniper Table Restoration #4: Test Teak oil for finish...Thoughts??

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Blog entry by junipercanyon posted 02-09-2012 05:30 PM 4756 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Sanding, Planing, Sanding, and a little more Sanding Part 4 of Juniper Table Restoration series no next part

I forgot to consider the temperatures in my garage this winter and wound up freezing my half full containers of Minwax Tung oil and polycrylic. I managed to save the polycrylic by putting the container in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes and it turned back into a liquid, but the tung oil wouldn’t change back. I went to the store to buy some more, and my eye caught the price difference between tung oil and teak oil, ($19 for tung, $11 for teak) so I decided to try out the teak oil on the underside of this table. The finish looks the same to me as the tung oil finish, and the application is much less time consuming between coats. With tung oil, I have to wait a full day between coats, but with the Teak oil, it says to wait 30min for the first coat, and then 15min between the next. I put 4 coats on last night, and am liking the results. As of this morning , there are a few wet spots on the knots, but I am hopeful they will be dry when I get home tonight. Next, the plan is to wait 72hours, buff with steel wool, and then put a few coats of polycrylic on top to see if this is the finish I want for the top side.

I’ve always used Minwax Tung oil on my projects, but I’m thinking I may switch to using Teak oil for the ease of application and cost, does anyone have any thoughts on the difference of these oils???


Bottom side of the table, sanded and ready for finish.


Bottom side of the table, sanded and ready for finish.


Bottom side of the table. 4 coats of Teak oil (still wet). 30min dry time for first coat, 15min between next coats.


Bottom side of the table. 4 coats of Teak oil (still wet). 30min dry time for first coat, 15min between next coats.


Bottom side of the table. 4 coats of Teak oil (still wet). 30min dry time for first coat, 15min between next coats..

-- Juniper Canyon Design



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#1 posted 02-21-2012 03:24 AM

Until your post I not heard of teak oil. Have you noticed much difference between the two?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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