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Posted on Have you used Tried and True Varnish Oil? (that's a brand name)

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 05:12 PM

Unless a project is intricate, needs a bulletproof coating or unless I’m feeling really lazy, T+T with varnish is the only finish I use anymore.
It gives me warmth, lustre and a reasonable build with 4-6 very thin coats. I have little trouble with drying time in a warm environment and I put my container on top of an electric coffee cup warming pad to keep it hot, thin and ready to work.
Thin is key for sure. Also, ring porous woods will give bleed-back unless first sealed with wiping varnish or shellac so I always take that step.
What’s not to like? So easily renewable, sweet smelling and drinkable if you run out of beer. It never looks or feels plastic’y.
Best examples on my posted work would include a chest of drawers, my 33 cabinet, and my coffee table.
Becksvoort was my inspiration for the switch and I would encourage others to read his piece.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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