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10 September 2019

This chord CAL-K1 self-build guitar kit is quite comprehensive, and contains all the wood, hardware and electrical components required.

The first decision concerned the type of finish to apply to the body. Some of these could be quite specialised, and given my skills I opted for a Danish Oil finish. This involves alternately applying the oil with a lint-free cloth and rubbing down with 1200 grit wet and dry abrasive paper. This process must continue until the desired finish is reached - I'm currently treating the rear body surface and will extend elsewhere when satisfied.

The constituents of Danish Oil vary with with supplier, and mine is a blend of pure tung oil and other natural oils.

Tung oil, or China wood oil, is a drying oil obtained by pressing the seed from the nut of the tung tree. All of these natural oils suggest a harmless end-product, however it has a very high VOC content, which contributes to air pollution and is not pleasant to inhale. The oil should therefore be applied only in a well-ventilated area, which is not so easy in the dining room as winter approaches. Despite all of this, the can states that it is safe for toys - presumably after it is thoroughly dried out.

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