It’s 4 layers - and that top layer is quite delicate. If I made it again I’d probably glue with wood glue again, but also (after finishing) hit those top pieces with some superglue…or fill the entire thing with resin We’re using it as a trivet and I’ve already broken the 4 halfmoons off (you can see it in the picture).
This was cut out of four layers of 1/16th purpleheart using PG medium basswood hardwood settings, glued with Elmer’s, and the outside edges sanded down to plain wood. Then the entire thing was finished with tung oil cut with mineral spirits.
@deirdrebeth, this is gorgeous! I’ve tried to make one a time or two, but my designs have failed miserably. Maybe I’ll work up the courage to try again!
One of the wood turning people on YouTube uses a finish (the brand name is escaping me now) that he describes as "polymerized linseed oil.’’ l keep wondering if that’s just another way of saying “boiled linseed oil.” Do you happen to know anything about that?
There is no official process but it amounts to “reducing” it like thickening a sauce on a stove - except it’s usually a chemical process, not heat. You can also get “boiled” linseed oil which may in fact have been heated, but most often, not.
Both just reduce the curing/drying time. Neither is better than the other, although marketing would have you believe otherwise.
Most “stabilizers” actually have resin/acrylic blended in. When the solvents cures (evaporates), it basically coats the wood, and fills all the grain, with plastic, which makes it very tough - I suspect (but do not know) this is how much of PG wood is treated. It’s very hard compared to untreated material of the same species.
Just like settings for the GF, the only way to know what gives the best results for you is to try them. That leads to shelves full of products you may never use again.
I am trying my hand at wooden rings and tung oil was suggested, although nothing was said about adding anything to it. Or about keeping the used rags in a metal container with water. i had to put off trying it again until I can find one.
The container mentions the cutting with mineral spirits to speed drying - if you go looking specifically for ways to speed it up you’ll probably run into that advice
Personally I use paper towels 90% of the time and when I really care about lint-free I’ll toss the rag (cut up old t-shirts mostly) when I’m done. I find if you keep them the likelihood that they’ll be crunchy by the time you used them again is far too high - and I don’t want them to be wet so…