Finishing up

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Quarterinmynose, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Quarterinmynose

    Quarterinmynose New Member

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    Hello,<br>I am currently working on finishing my first homemade. It is a cutout I made from some nice black walnut obtained through a friend. I have seen around the web that many people say to soak your frame in linseed oil for 24 hours once its all shaped and sanded. Problem is, the only place around me I found linseed oil sells it in 1 gallon cans and its $25 a pop. <br><br>So my question is, how important is this soaking, and is there another oil that might suffice. Preferably something a little easier on the wallet. teak oil? and What about varnishing/ polyurethane/ or some other high gloss finish? <br>
     

  2. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Linseed oil has the advantage that it crystallizes inside of the wood. Many other oil types don't behave like that.<br><br>Polyurethane makes the slingshot watertight and it can be polished to a high shine. But it feels like plastic in the hand, you loose the wooden touch. <br><br>Teak oil works, but it usually darkens the wood a lot (sometimes a desirable feature).
     
  3. Quarterinmynose

    Quarterinmynose New Member

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    Thanks, <br><br>I purchased a gun stock refinishing combo pack that contains a product called tru oil, the main ingredient of which is linseed oil. I'm not soaking it, but layering multiple coats. so far I have 5 coats, getting a real nice shine. I will continue to coat at least 3 more times. I also have a wax that came with the kit . Ill give it a try.<br><br>Thanks for the info, Joerg.<br><br>Also Pipesmoker, If I happen upon some hempseed oil, ill pick it up and give it a go on a future project. At the very least it might have a nice smell to it. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6">