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Posted on Old Reclaimed Brazilian Wood CounterTops, How to Finish?

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 04:48 PM

hi layla. see my ‘projects’ for a snapshot of my brazilian cherry kitchen counters. they are made from surplus flooring and i put them in the kitchen 4 years ago. i used natural tung oil with no drying agents, purchased through woodcraft or rockler, can’t remember which. attraction was finish repair doesn’t require stripping the finish and of course it is USDA food grade. despite this, i’m looking to move on to another option. the tung oil drying time is a consideration (LONG)- but one that you can suck up if you’re up to it. once it’s in the wood properly, it really does a very fine job protecting. and i like the smell, personally. It dissipates once dry anyhow. My jatoba butts up to the sink as well, with a bead of silicon, and i have had no water issues whatsoever. We continually wipe down the counters with a wet sponge without a care for water damage. The wood is fine. You’re interested in a nice looking finish and that’s where the problem lies for me. There are guys on here who can explain how to get a great natural tung finish – I gotta say though, no matter what you’re told, getting that shine you’re after – and a shine that will stay – is difficult. Anything you use takes effort and will require maintenance, but personally, I’m done with the tung oil on this project. I think perhaps if the wood had been properly oiled before installation (for months and months) it might be practical. But even as I’ve done it once a day, once a week, once a month once a year—- and started over multiple times—and performed oil maintenance—i still can’t keep the the wood from going dull and patchy. And every time I work the oil in it means nothing on the counters. Can’t use them. So, it’s thirsty wood and the answer is to feed it oil, but when do you give up on trying to get the finish that’s not showing up? I’m sorry this isn’t an answer for you but it’s food for thought based on my own experience. I’ll favorite this thread of yours and keep up with you. as for the guys saying to use poly… tough call. I imagine poly requires strip back for repair. And food safe? I mean, you’ll likely be using a cutting board anyway and … hmmm. What do people think of Watco Danish Oil—- or an oil what has a dryer in it? The dryer isn’t food safe but once it has reacted and “dried” isn’t it essentially gone, leaving behind just the oil?

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