The Story of Tung Oil


Tung Nut

No cabinetry leaves our shop unfinished. This is because the joinery of unfinished cabinetry can be susceptible to expanding and contracting with changes in temperature and humidity.

At West Summit Cabinetry, we seal all of our completed cabinet work with 100% pure Tung oil before it leaves our shop floor. 100% pure Tung oil is an all natural product, contains zero VOC's, and is considered a "green" finish.

This application of Tung oil is done whether the cabinetry is to ultimately be stained or painted. If the cabinetry is to be stained, the Tung oil acts as a pre-stain conditioner to seal the more porous grain patterns and ensure a smooth non blotchy application of the stain color. If the cabinetry is to be painted, the application of primer, paint, and top coat is unchanged.

Tung oil has been used for centuries having been introduced to the West by Marco Polo in the 13th century. The Tung oil comes from crushing the seed of the Tung tree. We select oils produced by sustainably harvested Tung forests. The nuts are round and between 1.5 and 2.5 inches in diameter. It has a very hard seed coat and possesses a high oil content. This seed/oil was utilized throughout history as a candle with each seed capable of burning approximately 45 minutes.

We have found Tung oil to be a sustainable and valuable material in our pursuit of the perfect end product.



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11742 McCourtney Rd Grass Valley, CA 95945