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Posted on Watco Danish Oil Black Walnut on Red Oak - I want it darker!!

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#1 posted 02-19-2017 03:06 PM

Thanks jbay and OSU55—i will check out the kona and the van dyke. As van cranberry, the van dyke has my attention.

I think the 3 danish-shellac-3 armrseal would definitely work and it is currently plan B. Why it doesn’t quite fit: ease of application, color, and look. The project is to finish handrail, balusters, newel post, and small built-in bar—- I am theorizing that danish oil-only finish will be easier to apply/finish/avoid dust nibs in all those curves and crannies than shellac and armrseal layers. (Feel free to poke holes in this theory.) I don’t have a workshop so this project will take over my living room for a couple weeks. Color and look: I am just being stubborn and want that look from the flexner book.

Basically I am spending 3 times as much time figuring out the quickest way to do the finish than it would take to just finish it ha ha. But i am learning a ton about finishing which is cool.

I have question if the danish oil finish will be enough for the bar-top water exposure or handrail wear, so i may end up arm-r-seal due to those issues anyway, but curious if danish oil-only could pull it off.

Also curious if i can skip the water-sponging step but my local woodcraft guy advised against even if not using a water-based stain or finish…. anybody ever see grain-raising during or after danish oil application??

Off to the store for more sample pieces…..

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