Sword texture- tung oil

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Forum topic by drpdrp posted 03-31-2014 09:37 AM 956 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2014 09:37 AM

First sword is almost done and I am looking for a confidence boost/advice.

All shaped and assembled and sanded to 120. This wasn’t a meaningful milestone- it just got late and I had to come inside.

Blade is ash. Cross and pommel are walnut. Finish will be tung oil.

I’ve never used tung oil.

With other finishes on pine I’ve suffered really bad from the raising of the grain. Will I have a similar problem with the tung on hardwoods?

What do you guys thing is the appropriate level to sand this sort of thing to?

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#1 posted 03-31-2014 09:41 AM

Tung oil hasn’t raised the grain when I’ve used it. Not to the point of my being able to notice it.

Raw tung oil is not that great of a protectant. And it takes quite a long time to dry.

On the other hand, if the sword will be primarily decorative (which is my working assumption) raw tung oil will be easy to apply and hard to screw up.

I’ve never heard of someone making a wood sword before (outside of the first Legend of Zelda game). Could you put up some pictures or PM me some? I’d be fascinated to see the finished product.

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 10:44 AM

The best way to deal with raising grain issues is to right now put some water on the piece. That will raise the grain. So after the grain is raised sand it down again with your 120. That will solve the problem.

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 09:57 AM

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