Cool. Thanks. I've never used tung oil before so I'm very unfamiliar with it.
I have used a Spar varnish on the cargo deck and it didn't last longer than the first item I set on the cargo deck before it scratched up like you wouldn't believe. I sort of wish I had topped the cargo deck with a piece of plastic laminate (like Formica counter top surface) but oh well. I do know I'd like to steer clear of a varnish or other build-up coating that is soft and easily scratchable.
Say, does the tung oil harden the wood fibers at all? Would you suggest I put down a sealer or some other product that would do that before the tung oil?
Oh, and it's hard not to post some preliminary pix of the chuck box. I'm really jazzed about how this is coming together.
The basic chuck box and base is now assembled. Doors are on and the flip top panels are on, too. I still need to source the latches to keep the doors closed and finish the wood. . . I'm leaning towards tung oil unless someone has other suggestions.
I've been salting the forums here with a enough pix and I was not going to post any more pictures until the project is done and I do a write-up but . . . I can't help posting these progress photos:
I was playing around with this after I got it screwed together. It takes about
15 second get it set up and ready for use. Very smooth and easy.
Here it is next to the cargo deck table. As you can see, both the
chuck box and table are the same height.
Not too bad. . . 6 1/2 ft of stable, usable kitchen counter top
space when out camping.
Finally, all folded up and in its position on the cargo deck. Note, the cargo
deck sits between the wheel wells in the back of the Jeep. While this is
perhaps a little bulkier than I would have liked it's not too bad.