So I took an empty bottle and mixed about 90% Tru oil and 9.9% Mineral Spirits with a few drops of Japan Drier. Not really sure why but the name sounds racist. Anyhow this concoction allows the oil to go on smoother and allows it to cure faster.
For those of you wanting to put on a thicker coat ( which everyone will tell you not to do) all you have to do is really evenly wipe the entire surface with mineral spirits before you apply a coat. Then pour a little on the piece and quickly wipe on.
The first few coats I just put on a super thin coat and wet sanded with 400 and oil. This causes the wood dust to mix with the oil which then pore fills and seals the wood. You gotta go fast and use a small amount of oil so the paste forms. Then let it sit for a few minutes and wipe across the grain with a paper towel wrapped around a card scraper or credit card( any card). Do this a few times and let it dry. The next day it should be smooth as a baby’s butt.
After a while do the same with higher grits. It’ll ensure that each coat goes on smoother. It’s not tough to get a good result but man is it frustrating. One word of advice when you apply a coat just leave the damn thing be and come back in a few hours. Do not get tempted to re touch areas cause you will pull your hair out. Just trust me.