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Forum topic by dustbunny posted 12-19-2009 05:47 PM 2490 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2009 05:47 PM

Just got in from Home Depot (went to get a snow shovel), and they had Watco Danish Oil on closeout.
Original price $7.99 marked down to $1.90 in any finish color. I grabbed several for myself.

I am not sure if this is just my local store price drop, or everywhere. Worth checking it out if you get a chance.


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#1 posted 12-19-2009 07:10 PM

i have seen a lot of the oil based finishes gong away at these retailers. i picked up 4 cans of minwax wipe on poly last month for $3.50 each. haven’t seen anything on the danish oil yet will have to ck later today thanks for the heads up

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 08:46 PM

I’m going to HD! Thanks.

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 09:51 PM

in all my years as a handyman I have never heard anything that is called Danish oil here in Denmark and the last year that I have seen LumberJock and ohter site´s allway´s seem to use Danish oil a lot and I have spent a lot off time suching a lot of store´s here in Denmark and I still don´t now what it is can anybody tell me what there is in it and give me some name´s on who making it


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#4 posted 12-19-2009 09:54 PM

it’s kind of like Korean BBQ… in Korea, they call it just plain “BBQ”.

So with that frame of thought, wouldn’t it just be called “Oil” in Denmark?

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 10:18 PM

I was there this morning… got 3… surprised I didn’t see you there. Oh wait… you’re in CT!!

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 11:14 PM


The term Danish Oil Finish is an American name for a class of finishing products that contain drying oils.
It is meant to duplicate the minimal look of the the finishes found on many Scandanavian furniture products.
Most of the time, it is a blend of solvents, oils and resin.
However, there are no rules about its ingredients and the formulae of various brands greatly defers.

A popular brand of Danish Oil Finish found in the USA is made by Watco.
This product is about 75% solvent and is usually priced at a premium.

A homemade version of Danish Oil Finish is very easy to make and it can be mixed for a fraction of the cost of pre-mixed brands.

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 04:38 AM

thank´s interpim and drgoodwood I will dig futher in to it and I do now that we use something they call intriør lack and it´s drying up halfblanc and have somekind of a sun blocker in it


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#8 posted 12-20-2009 08:16 AM

Cops surrounded our HD today. Some one started a bomb threat!! :-((

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 11:14 PM

I like the ease of danish oil but I’m not sure about it’s protective capabilities. Is it perhaps more protective than it looks? I put about 2 – 3 coats on but I’m not sure how much of that 3rd coat soaks in.
I use wax on top of danish oil when I have moving/tight fitting pieces.
I also always have a hard time deciding whether to do Danish oil and wax or Danish oil and poly. After the Danish oil is on I love the natural feel and look. But I’m always wanting to put that poly on to really brighten the finish up and give it a refined look.
Anyone else?

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#10 posted 12-21-2009 11:33 PM

Maybe in Denmark they call it American Oil? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 02:06 AM

now way CharlieM1958 american oil is the old way of get rid of bad thing´s that came aut of people´s mauth:-)


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#12 posted 12-22-2009 04:28 AM

Maybe it’s like the pizza with pineapple on it. In Canada they call it a Hawaiian pizza. In Hawai’i they call it a Canadian pizza. No one wants to take ownership for the idea.

Anyway, seems like they are still gouging us up in Canada on the price of that stuff…

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 08:44 AM

Kind of like Teak oil, does it come from a Teak tree? Boiled linseed oil. Its not boiled is it.
Therefore, I guess it does not really have to come from Denmark.

Sorry for jumping in late.

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