|Forum topic by layla||posted 929 days ago||2763 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
929 days ago
My man and I recently finished reno’ing an old house, and our kitchen counter tops are old reclaimed wood from a Brazilian bridge. The grain is very tight, and the color is quite dark and red.
We’ve had a few rounds of finishing it—-the Mr. spent 6 hours on it and said “It’s done!” and I was like, Um, no way Jose! (He didn’t start at a low enough grade of sanding; I want it to gleam and be as shiny as possible without being poly/shellac/etc. And, I grew up with a dad who would spend countless hours refurb’ing an old gun stock…....)
Ok, so, I’ve spent yesterday and part of today on it, taken it from 80 to 220, with a new thin layer of mineral oil today. (It’s had quite a bit of mineral oil in the past, and that’s been our plan on our wood-dealer’s advice). It’s looking and feeling great, but I’m second guessing the mineral oil choice. The counters butt right up to the sink, and get wet constantly. Also, I’d like my counters to act as much like stone as possible and not have to fret over them, but I don’t want any icky substances on them either.
My first instinct is to switch to pure tung oil, probably cut with Citrus Solvent, but I’m nervous about a long curing time (can I still use my counters while it’s curing? How long do they need to cure? Is there an odor in the house that will bother us and the animals?). The many very thin applications don’t scare me, and the waterproofness and food safety and durability are very appealing. However, will it change the color of the wood?
Another choice is walnut oil/beeswax….. Walnut oil seems to be well thought of, and I like the added waterproofness of the wax, and I also happen to have a pound of it laying around….
I’m also planning to take the wood down to 320/400/600, then maybe 00 steel wool/buff if I haven’t completely lost interest by then… But um maybe that is complete overkill… And, does that make sense with mineral oil and/or walnut? Definitely not with wax, right?
Sorry I have so many questions! I don’t think I’ve done any solo woodworking since I refinished some mahogany cats for my sister-in-law when I was 12, and Paw was looking over my shoulder then…
Thank you in advance for your two cents!!