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#1 posted 11-12-2012 03:52 PM

It depends, Russell. I like the process, so I’m likely inclined to put a few applications…never more than three. Other times, I’ll just pour a bunch on, let it sit for an hour, then wipe it all off…wiping with mineral spirits to clean off any excess.

I’m convinced that the latter is more effective than the former when you want deeper penetration. I think we are too quick to wipe it off and we don’t really let the oil work…and subsequent applications become blocked by earlier coats. Depends on the wood, of course, but I find this to be the case with oak and walnut, which get the bulk of it for me. Maple as well, but that’s mostly on curly figured stuff.

Danish oil, which may or may not have varnish in it, would be applied in multiple coats.

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