A personal testimony -- we sell Millie's All-Purpose Penetrating
Tung Oil because we've been using it for years. We've not found a better
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MILLIES ALL PURPOSE TUNG OIL IS GREAT FOR WOODTURNINGS
2004 I was turning about 25 wood salad bowls a year, and looking for
a wood finish that I did not mind applying, was food safe, and delivered
waterproofing. I saw on the internet that wiping varnishes were
popular for this type of application. However, after trying two I was
quite disappointed. I noticed that the pieces had a high gloss shine
and all of the tactile properties of the wood had been covered up by
the resins. The pieces looked as if they had been dipped in plastic!
I thought the right path might lead to tung oil (from the Tung nut).
Pure tung oil often must be thinned with turpentine before application
to raw wood, it would take longer than a week to fully cure, and I did
not want these limitations.
found Millies All Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil on the internet,
and now I use it exclusively. The polymerized (cooked) tung oil
is low viscosity and uses a citrus based thinner. I sand the bare wood
to 320 grit. Then I simply flood coat my bowls three or four times until
the wood will not absorb more oil; the orange smell is a nice plus.
I buff with a fine woven pad, and wipe off the piece. In 72 hours I
see a warm low sheen, with stunning visual depth into the wood, and
yet my fingertips can still feel the fine wood fibers.
The finish is complete after applying a top coat of blended carnauba
wax and walnut oil. I produce about 50 pieces a year now and they are
placed in ten galleries; I have no doubt that Millies is a great
aid with the presentation and performance of my heirloom bowls. I am still
amazed at how a maple burl bowl explodes with color and depth after Millies
Sales and Marketing Manager
Serious Toolworks, Inc.
Millies All Purpose Penetrating Tung Oil
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