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Posted on Little Help Please! Tung Oil, Grind Angles, and Polyurethane, Oh My!

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 08:37 PM

Walnut oil can flavor – and some people may be sensitive to it.
Tung oil 100% pure, is food safe but has a flavor and smell (all oils except mineral oil can have a smell and taste)
Minwax Tung oil finish must cure and like poly will chip.
Mineral oil doesn’t have a taste but can be “heavy”
Pure Beeswax won’t last against water – will “whiten”
Poly and lacquer can chip and leave cut marks
Poly will cover tung oil – lightly sand and wipe it down with mineral spirits first – haven’t tried it over the other oils.
Shellac will disolve with alcohol

When I use mineral oil and beeswax I will heat the piece (usually butcher blocks) in the oven at out 125 – 150 (F). You have to be careful about the glue getting soft but it allows them to be absorbed into the grain.

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