Side-Projects

Log Side Tables: Applying Finish

Well I don’t have anyone to bring back some hairpin legs from the USA at the moment so I decided to apply pure tung oil to the logs while waiting. I’ve read that it looks good, is very tough, water resistant, easily repaired and non-toxic, perfect for my future home!

The oil itself is pretty expensive. I picked up the last bottle at $35 from handyman center at Shaw Center. They are moving to Lucky Plaza or something by the end of June 2014 if I remember correctly. Nice place, very helpful, tons of stuff you can’t find anywhere else.

pure tung oil in a squashed bottle which reduces the air inside to prevent curing

pure tung oil in a squashed bottle which reduces the air inside to prevent curing

I first stripped the bark off the logs. I originally wanted to keep it on but there seems to be many little critters taking shelter in the cracks and crevices so just a short while with a hammer and flat head screw driver did the trick. Doesn’t look too bad either.

hammer and flat screwdriver did the trick

hammer and flat screwdriver did the trick

off with the bark!

off with the bark!

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a little closer up

I then took a piece of cloth and applied the oil to the wood bit by bit. It was difficult to get the oil into the crevices but I’ll get them again with a tiny brush when I’m nearing completion. The first application of oil is absorbed by the wood in a short while and subsequent layers should be go on easily when the surface is sealed.

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To be safe, I’m letting the oil cure for 2 days in between applications and sanding it down lightly in between to get rid of lint and other funky stuff that settles on the wood. This is because my area is super humid.. giving it some extra time to harden and really dry out and cure. Kinda enjoy it! The oil isn’t very smelly as some suggest, but it does leave an odor on bare hands. Going to use gloves and a foam brush for the next few layers.

IMG_5890The big log got a rubdown and cleaning with whatever leftover oil there was on the little cloth. Not much done honestly but can see that the wood got a little darker with some oil. Gonna tackle it the next time I have a block of 2 hours to spare.

the big log waits its turn

the big log waits its turn

I’m partially using this project to hang around with my dog a little more. She’s really sick this time and getting skinnier by the day, probably due to a huge tumor been growing in her and it’s kinda the end of the road. Perhaps a couple of weeks? Nobody knows. She can leave whenever she wants, this time I’m definitely not going to do anything to hasten that.

 

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