#2 The First Oiling

Beginning the first oiling as per WezV’s tutorial.

1200 Grit prior to the first oiling

1200 Grit prior to the first oiling

The body seems to have been quite well sanded, maybe with 320 / 400 grit so as I’m not using a sealer other than the Danish Oil, I’ve gone over it a final time with 1200 grit and maybe it’ll close the pores up slightly (possibly wishful thinking.

Moving on, let’s get that first coat of oil going! Just before this I drilled through the neck mounting holes and gave the wood a wipe down with white spirit (no naptha handy). Using a bootlace through one of the mounting holes, I’ve hung it in the shed as less people will complain about it there (apart from my seven year old who will whinge that her bicycle has been relegated to the garden!

First Oiling

First Oiling

 

WezV says to apply a liberal amount, give it 5 – 10 minutes, wipe off the excess and leave for 24 hours. Well, I oiled that thing for about 5 minutes straight and there was b*gger all excess – it soaked it up like a sponge! Maybe I should have used sanding sealer .. Regardless, the wood has a darker tone to it now and it’s bringing the grain out more which is cool, we’ll see what it’s like tomorrow.