Trestle Table #47: Added Second Coat of Danish Oil

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 11-30-2016 05:56 AM 1223 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 46: How Should I Finish This Table Top? Part 47 of Trestle Table series Part 48: Waxed Surfaces of Table Parts »

I like how the cherry hardwood is reacting to the coats of Danish Oil I have applied on top of the three coats of Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO). I will check tomorrow if this table needs a fourth coat of Danish Oil. So far what I have applied looks great. If anything else is required it will be a good buffing of Briwax furniture wax.

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 04:30 PM

That looks great.

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 05:29 PM

Finally this table top is looking better. I was worried that the Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) would never look good. That is why I finally moved to Danish Oil. I do not regret starting with BLO. I think it “colored” the cherry well. If I continued applying BLO I may have finally filled the pores on this hardwood so it did not look dry and uneven. It just took so long to dry. I was waiting 48 hours between coats. I was afraid that this finish would go on forever. One more… And, then one more coat. I did not see an end to it. I knew the Danish Oil would change that scenario.. It did. Now this table looks great. It is something I can be proud of.

I am happy now with this table’s finish. The top looks alive now after I decided to add Danish Oi. I believe this varnish has BLO as its main ingredient. That was my main reason for using it instead of moving towards a Shellac or a polyurethane top coat, or a lacquer.

I believe I read somewhere that Shaker furniture maker C.H. Becksvoort uses Danish Oil on his cherry furniture. Knowing or realizing that eased my mind about using this varnish on my trestle table. Hopefully, I am not overlooking a major issue. If I am I welcome comments from other members.

After going through these finish issues on this table top, I decided to become a Charles Neil disciple. By that I mean I bought his finish book and his color recipes. I will follow him. I don’t want it to take 40 years until I understand how to finish wood. I will try to condense his years of experiences into my projects..

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