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hi all,

I built at a workbench following Paul Sellers blog out of poplar. Great video series, very good bench for both hand and power tools as the removable center well gives a bunch of clamping options. Unfortunately…

I finished the bench with mineral oil. I had extra left over from some cutting boards and I thought it would help with preventing warping in my humid environment and make cleaning up glue droops easier.

Unfortunately the oil seeps into everything. I can't leave a paper on the bench without it getting soaked in oil quickly. I've already damaged some nearly finished projects with final glue ups leading to oil stained wood.

I don't care about pretty, I'm just looking for a way to either undo what I did or seal the oil in so I can use the bench for finishing a swell. I don't want a slick surface if I can avoid it, but if need be I might try that as well.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Art stores sell siccatives, don't know about getting it elsewhere. This certainly works on raw linseed, walnut oil, and so on- that's what it's for- and I would think that it should work on mineral oil as well, because there are mineral oil based printing inks and something's drying them.
 

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Thanks.

I was thinking about shellac, but I figured it would just give a different problem in terms of being very slick. There is no excess oil to wipe off. I finished it months ago with 2 - 3 coats, and have had a bunch of sawdust and wood shavings sitting on the top. To touch, its dry. It's just when I leave porous material on it such as paper (very short time) or dry prefinished lumber during glue-ups that I get issues.
 

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Lay down paper towels with a weight on top, wait until wet, replace.. repeat as necessary until no more is soaked up by the paper towels? The silicate stuff would probably work as well but might be more expensive :)

Cheers,
Brad
 

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The mineral oil doesn t soak very far into the wood. You could plane the bench down 1/32" or so.

- Mark Kornell
Depends on the wood and grain orientation- yesterday I trimmed up some little corners on a cherry piece that I'd already oiled with mineral oil and was surprised to see that the oil had soaked in a good 16th (into end grain). But generally speaking, yeah of course.
 
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