|Forum topic by Ben||posted 1370 days ago||649 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
1370 days ago
well, i put the first coat of tung oil on my coffee table a few days ago. i did it inside because it’s cold out in my garage now.
here’s the thing: a few months ago i did a sample finish on the underside of the table top. it dried in less than a day, i think, a very nice smooth feeling to run your hand over. temps were probably in the 80s back then. it stayed that way until i assembled the whole thing maybe a week or two ago, at which point i applied finish to the entire underside. this also dried in a day or less. (it was out in the shop but the temps were warmer a few weeks ago.)
so now, having taken the table inside, i have applied the same amount of oil over everything else. the problem is it doesn’t seem to be drying or absorbing. i don’t think it could be oversaturated, but maybe it is. when i touch it, it feels very oily and leaves a smudgy fingerprint, but has no glossy look whatsoever like in the picture i posted in the projects section.
part of the problem could be that i’m not heating my house yet. it’s in the 50s during the days and 30s nights (outside), but i doubt it gets that cold inside as my upstairs tenant is running heat (which gives some residual heat coming out of the basement).
anyway. what can i do at this point? hold a blow dryer over it? buff it out with a cloth and see if it’s just oversaturated?
i was expecting to put on a few coats before it pooled on the surface, although it is Sapele and extremely dense.
for photos of the project see my thread in the “projects” section from a few days ago.
thanks a lot.