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Forum topic by SSS posted 08-03-2011 12:30 AM 982 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2011 12:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany finishing kitchen advice

Maybe I’m nuts, but I made a laminated mahogany kitchen counter/ bistro table top out of 1” strips. An amateur finisher, I researched in Fine Woodworking Mag., and chose to finish with tung oil/ citrus solvent because I wanted to be all organic and food-safe.

At 4 coats through (I’d planned to do 8, steadily increasing the ratio of tung-to-solvent as I reached the outer finish layers), I’m questioning my choice of finish because of the relative lack of protection. A friend with more experience recommended MinWax on top as a simple way to get a more waterproof finish. I don’t like a super shiny look, but do want to bring out the wood’s natural beauty and still be able to put down water glasses and set the table on it without worrying too much.

Any suggestions for how to proceed on top of the 4 layers of tung oil/citrus solvent?

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 10:49 PM

From what I have read, you wouldn’t top coat the tung oil. Once the surface shows a little age or distress, you can re appy the tung oil. It is really water resistant and you can use a steel wool to smooth it out.
Is a good link to help learn more about tung oil.

Best of luck.

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 05:59 AM

Thanks, Woody – super helpful site & info.!

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#3 posted 08-10-2011 02:06 AM

For that application i would only use a conversion varnish. If you don’t like a high sheen you can go with a dull or satin.

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