A Better Way To Apply Oil Finishes!

In the video titled “Natural Oils for Wood Finishing: Tips and Techniques,” Marc Spagnuolo of The Wood Whisperer explores the benefits and application methods of natural drying oils like tung oil and boiled linseed oil for woodworking projects.

He emphasizes the importance of proper application to avoid common pitfalls like sticky or uneven finishes.

Marc begins by highlighting the appeal of natural oils: they are safe to use, enhance the natural beauty of wood, and provide a level of water resistance.

However, he points out that improper application can lead to issues, and shares his preferred method using a product called Bumblechutes, which is a mixture of tung oil and citrus solvent.

Throughout the video, Marc demonstrates the application process on a walnut test board, using a blue shop towel to apply the oil in circular motions.

He stresses the need for even coverage without pooling or excess finish on the wood’s surface. The method involves applying light coats, allowing them to penetrate and dry thoroughly before buffing off any residual oil with a clean rag.

Marc recommends waiting at least 12 to 24 hours between coats to ensure proper drying.

For different types of projects, such as cutting boards or furniture, Marc suggests adjusting the number of coats—typically two to three for kitchen items and up to five for furniture, depending on the desired finish and durability.

He also discusses the use of undiluted tung oil, which is thicker and can be more challenging to apply.

A trick to improve its absorption is to heat the oil, which thins it and enhances penetration into the wood.

The video is educational for woodworkers of all levels who want to achieve professional-quality finishes using natural oils.

Marc provides clear explanations and practical demonstrations, making complex techniques accessible and encouraging viewers to experiment with these finishes on their own projects.

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