I have been told that you are the women and men who will sort out the best path forward for me. I am the happy new owner of a handmade spinning wheel made by one of the best craftsmen around for working, and not simply decorative, wheels (Gord Lendrum in Kingston ON) Once finished it will be in very regular use.
I know nothing about wood finishing but after a fair bit of reading know that I want to finish it with tung oil and maybe, or maybe not, finish it off with carnuba wax. I would like a soft sheen to the finished product and not a gloss. I'm also happy if the wood goes darker over time.
I have a few questions - and there must be questions that I need to have answers for that I haven't even thought of. I'd be very gratful for your help.
The questions that I know....
If I am using multiple coats of tung oil, how many coats should there be and with what ratios of tung oil / solvent (I pure oil and some orange solvent)?
What prep to I need to do to the wood before I begin?
Between coats of finish, how long to wait, and what prep before I apply a second coat? Somewhere else I read that I would need to sand, then use a 3M finishing pad and finally use 0000 steel wool. I'm ok to do this if necessary but I'm not clear how to sand the detail and small amount of ornamentation on this wheel.
And the wax....helpful, unhelpful? How will it change the look, feel, and what about retouching on the treadles over time?
And the ton of questions that I don't even know yet. ......
Thanks so much for any help that you can provide. This wheel is a keeper - I want to do it right.