Minimal Odor and Maximum Protection: Hemp Oil, Tung Oil and Beeswax as Natural Finishes
When it comes to finishing a woodworking project, there are many options available. Natural wood finishes like hemp oil, tung oil and beeswax have gained popularity in recent years due to being non-toxic, natural and eco-friendly. All three finishes penetrate the wood fibres and create a water-resistant barrier, making them great options for projects that will be exposed to moisture. However, there are differences between these natural finishes that make them unique.
Hemp Oil Wood Finish
Hemp oil is a popular natural finish that is extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant. It is a versatile finish that has been used for centuries to protect and enhance the natural beauty of wood that richens and deepens its colour.
When applied to wood, Hemp oil soaks into the pores of the wood, dying quickly to the touch, which makes it possible to re coat right away.
One thing to note is that hemp oil can have a variety of colours, ranging from amber to dark green, depending on when the seeds are harvested.
Hemp oil creates a breathable, water-resistant surface that protects the wood from moisture, while also helping to prevent cracking and splitting. It has a minimal natural smelling odour, making it a great option for those with sensitivities to strong smells.
Tung Oil Wood Finish
On the other hand, Tung oil is derived from the seeds of the tung tree and has been used as a natural finish for centuries. Tung oil requires a solvent to dry properly, and there should be a 12-hour gap between coats. The dry time to the touch for tung oil should be within a day.
This finish creates a deep, rich colour on the wood by bringing out the natural beauty of the grain. The maintenance of the finish depends on the type of surface, such as flooring, countertops, or dressers. It’s important to keep this in mind when selecting the finish for your project. If you wash the surface often, re-apply every year or so, for pieces like dressers every 5 years should be plenty!
Fusion’s Beeswax finish is a natural way to protect and enhance the appearance of wooden furniture, floors, and other wooden surfaces.
Beeswax is a versatile material that has been used for centuries to seal and protect wood. It does this by providing a natural sheen and a protective layer that helps to prevent moisture damage and scratches.
Beeswax finish is also environmentally friendly. It is made from natural materials (just beeswax and hemp oil!) and does not contain harsh chemicals or synthetic additives.
This finish can be applied to both finished and unfinished wood. And it can be reapplied as needed to maintain the wood’s appearance and protection.
With its warm, natural appearance and protective qualities, beeswax finish is a popular choice for those who want to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of their wooden surfaces.