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Forum topic by Rich L. posted 11-21-2014 06:34 PM 913 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rich L.

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11-21-2014 06:34 PM

Hello all,

I made some small boxes recently. I finished them with Danish oil and wax. The wax on the box bodies looks OK; but the lid panels look streaky! I tried buffing by hand and with a buffing wheel but the still look crummy. I tried paste wax, furniture wax and bees wax. No luck.

Any ideas or recipes that might help me out would be appreciated.

I’ve added a couple photos. They don’t show much but they might help


-- Rich, Southern CA

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 06:39 PM

If it is only the lid panel and they are made with veneer. Then perhaps due to the veneer being so thin and the glue creating a barrier, the Danish Oil did’t completely didn’t dry on those surfaces. Other than that, I have no clue. Looking closer at the tops, they don’t look like veneer.


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#2 posted 11-21-2014 06:50 PM

I would use a card scraper and clean up the streaks

and just use wax.

Great looking boxes BTW.

Good luck now.

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 06:52 PM

What glue did you use for the veneer? It likely seeped through a bit and could be interfering with the finish.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Rich L.

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 07:14 PM

No veneer. They are all solid wood.

-- Rich, Southern CA

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 08:47 PM

My experience suggests 2 possibilities: 1) Oil finish has streaks/uneven sheen and the wax isn’t evening it out, or 2) too much wax. Remove the wax with mineral spirits and check for even sheen of the topcoat. Sand or scrape to even out the sheen, and you may need to add another oil coat. If the top coat sheen is even, then you probably had wax build up in spots. Once the wax is dry, it can be difficult to buff out.

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 06:58 AM

Thanks for the responses. Think I’ll the suggestion of OSU55 and strip it. I did keep adding coats of was in hopes of getting a better result.

Thanks again all.

-- Rich, Southern CA

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