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Forum topic by phlyers posted 305 days ago 421 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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305 days ago

Hey guys for applications where all I want to do is highlight the grain and provide a protective finish what else can I use that’s a little less expensive than tung oil? I like the results of tung oil on bare hardwoods like walnut and maple but it’s pricey for the quantity you get. Something to note…It would have to be kid safe as it gets applied to little stools that I make.

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#1 posted 305 days ago

I’m a big fan of Danish Oil. Get the natural, not the colored. Coupled with shellac, Danish Oil is my finish of choice.

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#2 posted 305 days ago

How about boiled linseed oil?

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#3 posted 305 days ago

BLO with a couple of coats of wipe on poly is about as simple and cheap as it gets!

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#4 posted 305 days ago

BLO is only good for starting fires. Thinned and wiped-on oil poly is all that’s needed.

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#5 posted 305 days ago

Thinned and wiped on Spar urethane will tend to accentuate the grain more than regular poly due to the oils it contains.

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#6 posted 304 days ago

I’m a big fan of BLO, very cheap, and a coat of wiping poly will make it even more durable.


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