Refinishing Black walnut table with danish oil

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Forum topic by BigJohnW posted 03-16-2015 02:44 PM 1623 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2015 02:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question can someone provide help on refinishing dining table walnut

I am refinishing a table made by my father in the 1970’s. It is made out of solid black walnut. The finish needs some major touch up. Can someone recommend a product and technique for this project. there are several dings and dents in the surface. I would prefer not to completely strip away the existing finish unless it is the best thing to do. My father has passed away and I want to make this table come alive. I have many happy memories of him in his wood shop making furniture for our family.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 05:46 PM

Personally I have found, that trying to partially refinish something never works out real well, I would strip it down and then use a good varnish oil. Like Arm R Seal, or System Three marine varnish, both are hand applied. Danish oil is not near as durable , and the applications is pretty much the same.

The dings and dents can be handled by steaming them out, but it needs stripped first. Be sure to clean it good with some Mineral spirits or naphtha first. If not you can work surface contaminates into the wood.

You will have more questions, you can ask here or send me a PM.. glad to help if I can

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 12:50 AM

Big John, Take anything Mr. Neil tells you about finishing anything as gospel. He wrote the book on it!!!

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