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Blog entry by majeagle1 posted 04-21-2011 06:23 AM 2136 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just curious…..there are so many opinions out there regarding how to care for your project when it is finished in Danish Oil and then Waxed….

More wax? Furniture Polish? Cleaner then Wax?

What do you guys and gals out there use and why?

I usually just re-wax with more of the same that I normally use, but not everyone has that available…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 04-21-2011 07:11 AM

I haven’t been using DO long enough to have to touch-up.. but everything I’ve seen says more wax. Obviously, you can’t lay down more oil over the wax, so you’d have to get the wax off to do that.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 04-21-2011 02:10 PM

I’m in the same boat as Dan. My stuff really hasn’t been around long enough to see what I really need to do to keep things pristine. Now my favorite go to when it comes to the wax is Renaissance Wax. I did a ton of reading up and from what all I read it holds up very well. Its a little more of a pain to work with, but I like to think long term for my work. Crossing fingers I picked the right path…lol

Im really interested in hearing what others have to say though… Good question Gene….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 04-21-2011 09:25 PM

Whatever you do don’t use furniture polish, especially the spray on stuff, its full of all sorts of crud. Either wax if there is little ingrained dirt/dust or, if there is, cut back with Methylated Spirits (denatured alcohol) and re-oil and wax.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 04-21-2011 10:35 PM

Yes, that spray on crap is evil!! Wax on wax or cut back if dirty as Martyn said. Doesn’t have to be the same brand of wax, as long as it is more or less the same kind.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 03:42 AM

Gene – Just wanted to pass on my experience with WDO. Iʻve been using it for over 40 years. About 40 years ago I used in on a chest of drawers that I built out of solid mahogany and used WDO on it. I didnʻt put any wax on it and it has stayed beautiful for a very long time.

About 10 years ago I had a small sample bottle of a cleaner with citrus oil in it and it fell over and leaked on my chest of drawers in one spot. By the time I discovered it, it had bleached a small spot about the size of a quarter. Boy was I mad. Then one day I was down in my shop and saw the old gallon of the WDO that I used on it. I wondered what would happen if I just reapplied WDO to the bleached spot. WOW! It disappeared.

Great stuff.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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