Danish Oil Werping

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Blog entry by Washashore posted 03-12-2017 06:32 PM 802 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I applied one coat of Black walnut Danish Oil to a red oak table top that I made. I have waited for it to dry thoroughly for 2 days now. It’s a bit cold in my shop, around 55/60F. When I lean it vertically small droplets form from the deeper recesses of the grain and very slowly drip toward the floor. I have been wiping them with a rag. Is this common? Can someone provide insight?

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#1 posted 03-12-2017 07:23 PM

Yup! Especially with red oak. It’s a very porous wood and will weep Danish oil for 24-48 hours. I’ve found I have to wipe frequently till the weeping slows down. I then let it dry completely. I’ll then use a rag with Danish oil in it to rub off any remaining weeps. It’s time consuming but I find the end result worth the effort.

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#2 posted 03-12-2017 09:06 PM

Agree with Bob. Also, at that temperature, you can expect to see much longer dry times than you would if it were warmer. In other words, like Bob said, it takes a long time to begin with, and with cooler temperatures, it’ll take even longer than that.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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