I applied two more coats of Tung oil today, I left 6-8 hours between each coat. I wouldn’t mind adding another coat or two, but I used the last of my Tung oil on the third coat, and I plan on delivering the display tomorrow.
After the third coat was applied, I took a few pictures of the quarter-sawn pieces. The tiger striping really pops out with the oil applied.
After the parts were dry, I peeled the film off of the Lexan panels and assembled all of the frames. The end caps are all fairly close with hole locations, but I marked the ends as well as the inside track of the rails with corresponding numbers, to make sure I placed the same caps on the same rails each time, to insure the best fit. Since this is oak, and oak can be very porous, I made sure that all of the pieces are assembled by hand, over-torqueing these screws could split the wood.
After fully assembling the display, I gave the frames a test spin to make sure that they spun freely. Since I drilled the holes slightly over-sized, the finish did not interfere with movement. There is also enough clearance with the 1/4″ gap between each frame, that they will never touch, even when they are spinning.
My friend sent me a shot of the display with all of the coin slots filled. I think it looks pretty good.
Do you have to disassemble the rack to put the coins in or is there a way for it to open?
Four screws on the top of the frame need to be removed to free up each of the coin displays. Then two screws on top of each display frame need to be removed to allow the coin holders to be removed.