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Forum topic by Howie posted 12-24-2010 01:52 AM 739 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Howie

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12-24-2010 01:52 AM

I’ve just built a sofa table and stained it with chestnut stain. Now I’m thinking of putting a coat of Tung Oil on all of it and then poly on the top for protection. Any comments good or bad about this? The stain job came out really nice(wife likes it so that’s half the battle)

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 03:20 AM

WHat you plan will work just fine I am not a poly fan…the only caution is that you need to make sure you give the oil enough cure before you cover it with any film finish.

Personally – For a sofa table I would put laquer over the oil, just because it is easier to rub out to final sheen, and can be repaired more easily.

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 03:41 AM

Hadn’t thought about that Dave, never used laquer before. I’ll definitely consider that. Thanks for the reply.
I was just thinking the oil might enhance the grain somewhat.

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 05:17 AM

The oil will indeed enhance the grain – - I would definitely include the oil. I just would top it with Laquer instead of Poly… but that is 100% personal preferance and I have a HVLP gun, so it has become sort of my go to film finish.

To pop the grain you really have 2 main choices – (theres always more out there) but either and Oil, whether Tung, linseed because it soaks into the grain More in the figure than other areas, which gives the nice contrast to make the grain pop. The other way is with a water or alcohol based dye. Same concept, that basically it is INTENTIALLY blotchy. so in Tiger maple dye just like oil will absorb more in the stripe and less between stripes. An advantage with the dye is that it can give you the contrast without darkening as much over time. Some folks find that the Boiled Linseed oil that was awesom when they finished the project seemed a too dary a year or so later.

Good Luck
Dave

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