oil finishing

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by tyburn, Apr 4, 2001.

  1. i want to start my new bass project( the alder j body with the all maple p neck)

    i want to oil finish the body with oil, tung or danish seems to be where i'm going. my question is, does anyone have any tips.

    i want to give it around 8 or 9 decent hand rubbed coats, how hard wearing will this be,, and will it be enough to leave it un-laquoured, i'm not using a pick guard so i want to show the wood off

    i don't use a pick , so there will be no problems with dents

    just any tips on finishing it, techniques

    my dad hand finishes turned wood and mahogany this way, so theres different oil finishes hanging around

    oh , and i'm not a woodworking amature, so throw it my way!
  2. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    I have a tung oiled alder body on my fretless and tung oiled mahogany on my fretted. It's definitly not as sturdy as lacquer, but it's not bad. (I did the fretless w/ 4 coats). I have to keep my nails trimmed or they do leave indentations. If you want sturdy I'd suggest lacquer (a clear satin looks nice), but I really like the look of the oil.