Wednesday, April 14, 2010
1 Part Fast Dry Polyurethane
1 Part Boiled Linseed Oil (It will say "boiled" on the can when you buy it. Do not attempt to boil linseed oil on you own!)
1 Part Mineral Spirits
Mix all 3 parts together in a can and shake a minute or so until well mixed. The mixture will foam a little bit and bubbles will be present, but this is not a problem.
This finish is now ready to apply. It goes on kinda like a tung oil. Just wipe it on with a paper towel. Wait 15-20 minutes and wipe off excess finish. Apply a second coat right away if you want. More coats may take a litle longer to dry. Finish cures completely in about 24 hours. That's all there is to the application. Pretty easy.
I do not use this finish on things that will require a ton of durability like tabletops. I also do not use it on things that require thick coats. But, it is great for small projects that you don't want to get out your brush for. I was using it on one of my hand carved cooking spoons the other day and it was teriffic.
Tip: This finish works a lot better if your project is VERY well sanded before you apply it. On my recent walnut spoon project I sanded it down to 400 grit and it was pretty nice. You can go with even finer grits and get even better results with this finish.
I recommend trying it out on some well sanded scrap before you use it on a project, so you can get a feel for it. Let me know how it goes.