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Blog entry by hObOmOnk posted 02-03-2011 07:28 PM 4547 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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#1 posted 02-03-2011 07:38 PM

I absolutely love danish oil, particularly the walnut colored variety. I’ve long forgotten the chemical composition; someone smarter than me can comment on this. I just know that it handles wetsanding very well. At higher grits, the dust combines with the oil, thus filling the pores with a dense paste. After proper drying & multiple coats, the finish is almost mirror-like. Satiny smooth. It’s my favorite finish by far. Although I usually purchase it from the hardware store, I see no reason why you can’t get it straight from the pastry:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 07:50 PM

I completely agree with you, Randy. Using your formula, “Monk Oil” could be formulated with commercial products available at any big box store for about $20 a gallon. A comparable volume of Danish oil would run nearly $70 for a gallon. I have always been a big advocate of formulating one’s own finish mixtures.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 10:02 PM

Great info on “Monk Oil”. Is there a colorant that could be added? Thank you.

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 10:18 PM

Gilsonite can be added as a colorant to “Monk Oil” or home-brew Danish Oil finishes.

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 11:03 PM


I estimate my costs for Monk Oil is less than $10 per gallon.
I buy tung oil in volume and at wholesale prices, e.g. I pay about $25 to fill a five gallon carboy with tung oil. I use more than five gallons of tung oil per year. I’ve standardized all of my finishes on tung oil.

I’m trying to completely wean off of polyurethane. However, I buy Zar polyurethane oil varnishes, which are a very high solids and high quality products. They (United Gilsonite Laboratories, Inc., makers of Zar) were the first manufacturer to sell polyurethane oil varnishes to the general public. Generally, Zar products are not available in the so-called “big box” stores. Locally, Zar products are sold by Sherwin-Williams, Ace Hardware and Tru-Value Hardware.

Disclaimer: I have a relationship with all of these companies, but only because I want to.

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 11:04 PM

Oil’s well indeed. Another fan of oil finishes here! I am now using a similar blend to yours after growing tired of the high cost of a commercial product(Rustin’s Danish Oil) that I have used for years. I don’t add any colorants, let the timber speak!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 11:05 PM

Thank´s for demystifire it for a Dane :-)

take care

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 01:39 AM

Me too!!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-04-2011 01:50 AM

Excellent post! I used the DO from Lowe’s on some things – particularly my MDF workbench surface – and really like the way it has held up. It repels glue, etc. very nicely. Watco, I think is the brand it was. I will now have to try to make my own!


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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