I really love the effect of diluted (with mineral spirits) linseed oil. It gives wood wonderful “depth” and brings out the grain in light woods.
However, the first coat of urethane seems to take forever to dry. For example last night I urethaned a project with linseed oil (oak, birch plywood, walnut) and another piece of oak (some molding).
The plain oak was dry to the touch this morning.
The linseed oiled oak was still quite tacky. I move the project to a very warm location that has helped but I’m going to have to sand out the extra dust and recoat 🙁 (not to mention the extra waiting time. I’m almost done with this project…)
The linseed oil coating was dry to the touch before urethaning.
Is there a better diluting agent than mineral spirts (should I use something else?) I’m using a 50/50 mix, should I cut the spirts down 75/25? or up?
I’m using urethane because I need a pretty tough finish – it’s a bow case (target archery) for my son’s equipment – so it will travel a bit.
Here’s a pre-finished picture: http://www.pbase.com/durrenm/image/41064514.jpg
Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an ax.
Edited 3/24/2005 1:46 pm ET by Mark