Refinishing dresser with tung oil for a friend with cancer
scpeterson63November 5, 2013
I am giving an old oak dresser a face lift for my best friend who has cancer. After stripping the dresser, I am thinking of finishing it with tung oil because I want to see the wood grain and leave it as natural as possible. She wants it to look rustic. Any suggestions, recommendations, or ideas? Also, which form of tung oil is best... pure or heat-treated/polymerized form? I'm also looking for inexpensive rustic handles. Where's a good place to look?
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Tung oil might be a good choice for a natural color on a rustic piece. I'm guessing by rustic you mean country charm or something like that. As for hardware, Lee Valley has a large assortment to choose from. Great project for your friend. Here's the link for the hardware:
1 Like    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 8:30PM
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Tung oil has been used for centuries to protect and beautify wood. Tung Oil penetrates deep into the wood pores to provide a low-lustre, hand-rubbed finish. It protects wood from accidental spills and water marks. Just make sure not to apply any tung oil to the inside of the drawers as it will never dry :)

If you feel like you want a bit more protection, you can always opt for an Antique Danish Oil which is an oil-varnish combination. This will also give a rustic look if you apply only 1 or 2 coats, but the Danish Oil will last longer than simple Tung Oil.

To read more about these products, feel free to check out the products manufactured by my company, Swing Paints at:

If you have any other questions, the Interactive Forum on our website is another good resource for you:

Good luck with your project. I'm sure the outcome will be great no matter what product you decide to use as the sentiment behind the project (doing this for your friend) makes this extra special.
1 Like    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 8:40PM
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We have Danish oil finish in our kitchen and it has been very durable yet the timber looks natural
2 Likes    Bookmark   November 8, 2013 at 10:19PM
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