Danish Oil

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Blog entry by thecarpentershands posted 05-22-2012 12:03 AM 1590 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, a fellow carpenter just told me about danish oil so naturally, i picked some up. I just put it on a cherry and ash box which I will be finishing soon and WOW! I was blown away by the enhancement of the oil. I have mainly been using linseed oil, shellac and polyurethane lately but I really think danish oil is going to open pandora’s box of finishes. Again, I’ll say WOW! God bless.

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 03:26 AM

It was the first stuff I used and I find I really like it the best as well for lots of small projects.

-- A posse ad esse

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 11:39 PM

I also use Danish oil but I mix it 50/50 with Tung oil and it works pretty good for me.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 03:55 AM

Some essential points that I’ve learned about the Danish Oils:
Flood the first coat, then wipe-off the extra before completing the first coat; you want to ensure there is enough oil on the surface for the initial penetration – but do wipe it down once this has occurred; that is, don’t let it ‘pool’ on the surface.
Second, the first coat must dry completely before a light sanding, and second coat – this can take 12 to 24 hours, depending on temp and humidity.
try a non-steel wool 600 grit abrasive (Mirka Abarnet, for one). Using Steel Wool will create a metal particulate residue (the stuff breaks during the rubbing process), some of which will embed in the wood. Lightly abrade between coats.
Danish Oil does not ‘build’ rapidly: I find three-to-five coats are necessary.
I’m not an expert, and there are many within the Forum community.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 07:46 AM

An excellent product, remembering its particular characteristics of being exothermic though.
Dispose of all materials after using it, as we would not want an unexpected fire in a wood working area already full of many incompatable combustable products.

Or seal them in a metal tin for later.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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