Learning to apply Danish Oil on small project - Scraper Holder

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Blog entry by woodworm posted 04-05-2009 06:26 PM 15686 reads 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today (night in my country), I post a question on how to apply Danish Oil, an oil finish that I never had chance to use before. Furtunately a newly opened ACE Hardware Store is just 5 minute drive from my home. So I managed to get a can of Danish Oil and also a can of BLO.
With the support and guides from many fellow LJs, I’ve more confident to try it now, eventhough I’ve been frequently reading books on finishing that covers from oil finishes to water base finishes but as I said in my forum post, I’m a slow learner (from book).

Thanks to Charlie M, Bigwoodturner, Scott Bryan and Randy for your answers, tips & explanations, and to those reading my post.

I have only one very small project to try out this oil finish, ie a scraper holder made from pallete board. I guess it is from pine (correct me if I’m wrong). Inspired by Julian’s version I made this scraper holder with slight modification. So here it is;
Picture 1: The main body is taking shape

Picture 2 and 3: Completed but Unfinished (back view and front view).

Picture 4 : First Coat of Danish Oil (approximately after 45 minutes ago).

I hope I may be able to put three more coats tomorrow then I will apply paste wax and hand-buff it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 07:10 PM

Woodworm, this looks good and it is going to be a useful shop project. You could easily have left it untreated since it is just “shop furniture”. But, of late, I have come to appreciate the look that putting a finish on shop jigs and furniture gives to the piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 10:38 PM

You are so right, SB the look of a shop jig is enhanced with a finish and the look on peoples faces when they see how much effort goes in to just ‘shop furniture’ they know their project will get the same attention.

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#3 posted 04-07-2009 02:50 PM

To answer your question , woodworm . Just follow the directions on the can….especially about the dry time between coats. it doesn’t get any easier than Danish oil.
I see no advantage to waxing it unless you aren’t going to use it. Nice project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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