We use Tung Oil for NordicStory furniture
Posted on May 05 2020
Oak furniture sound a very wise investment. Oak is the most popular type of wood due to its natural durability. This hardwood can withstand a lot of wear. Beautiful grain patterns and intricate shapes make this wood desirable for all types of furniture. Oil finishes are commonly used on wooden furniture and kitchen utensils.
Generally speaking, oil finishes are eco-friendly, food-safe, and non-toxic. They are also easy to repair and produce a more textured grain pattern than many alternatives. They tend to be considered a more traditional finish, since oils have been used as wood finishes for thousands of years.
Tung oil is a vegetable oil that is used as a wood finish. It is transparent, quick drying and penetrates the grain to improve and protect the wood. It is one of the oldest and most popular wood finishes in the world and is derived from the seeds of the tung tree in East Asia. Tung oil has become a staple among fine furniture artisans in the United States and beyond. It is ecological, non-toxic and safe for food.
Tung oil is derived from pressing the seeds of the tung tree, which is native to East Asia. The oil has been cultivated and used in China as a wood finish for at least 2.500 years. Similar to flaxseed oil, it is difficult to find furniture made from raw or 100% pure tung oil. Many artisans will use boiled or polymerized tung oil, and it is also common for manufacturers to mislabel products as tung oil when they are not. If you are interested in a tung oil finish it is worth doing a little research to understand exactly what finish is being used and what it is made of.
There are many reasons why a craftsman might consider using tung oil to finish wooden furniture. It is all natural, non-toxic and ecological, and over time it does not yellow as much as common finishes such as linseed oil, nitrocellulose lacquer or varnishes such as polyurethane.