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Pieter_hb

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03-18-2016 05:05 PM

I am a big fan of coconut oil and use it for many things, besides health issues.

The other day I read an article about using coconut oil on wood for protection and to enhance the colour and grain of any wood furniture, etc.

I know that coconut oil contains extremely small molecules and thus it should penetrate deep into even the hardest of wood.

Attached is a coffee table made out of Teak wood, that I got as a birthday present. I decided to give coconut oil a go and then took pictures afterwards.

I must say it looks like it really goes deep into the wood and brings out the absolute max beauty of the wood… even better than the oils I normally use for my wooden furniture, artifacts, etc.

What do you think? Would love to hear your feedback.

And by the way, who knew that Teak wood that is actually a dull sort of “one” colour wood…, could be so beautiful as well at times. :)



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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-18-2016 05:10 PM

That’s a new one on me. Never heard of that use.
The wood is beautiful.
Bill

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#2 posted 03-18-2016 05:16 PM

I hope it does not turn rancid on you like other vegetable oils do. Other wise it looks great. Nephew is a food chemist, and wood worker, I will check with him.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 03-18-2016 05:17 PM

Most any oil can be used on wood. The only issue I can see it that the oil may turn rancid over time. Since it’s not being used on food surfaces it shouldn’t be an issue. Tell whomever buys the table not to use linseed oil.

M

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Pieter_hb

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#4 posted 03-18-2016 05:17 PM

Thanks Bill

Give it a go on your furniture and see what you think?

Coconut oil is of course also highly anti-oxidant thus it can last for years before it gets rancid.

Must say, I am convinced without a doubt.

Will now just wait and see how long it keeps the beauty of the wood versus other oils…

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#5 posted 03-18-2016 05:30 PM

Thanks Conifur

Please give feedback once your nephew has an answer.

MadMark, from what I have read, it does not appear that the author experienced any problems like rancidness with the oil.

Furthermore the amount one use is also very little needed because coconut oil is so fine/thin.

But the final jury may still be out there…

Yip, agree with Linseed oil, will never ever touch it again…

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#6 posted 03-18-2016 05:33 PM

Why would it be bad to subsequently use linseed oil? Would there be some kind of adverse reaction??

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Pieter_hb

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#7 posted 03-18-2016 05:39 PM

Curthibbs

From my experience although Linseed oil do protect wood quite good, it does not bring out the true colours and beauty of wood like the thinner newer types of oils and furthermore fine dust sometimes settles on the oil and get trapped and so also spoil the beauty of the wood.

MadMark, what is your opinion about Linseed oil?

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#8 posted 03-18-2016 05:40 PM

Pieter,
just got this from my nephew.
Saturated fat does not go rancid near as easily as unsaturated. Coconut oil is saturated fat (that’s why it’s solid). It should be good for something like a cutting board. If it did start to get a little rancid, a quick wash with some soap water would remove the old oil on the surface.
There are some oils that slowly polymerize and those are the best for a natural oil finish. I believe sunflower and walnut are ones that will slowly polymerize.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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Pieter_hb

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#9 posted 03-18-2016 05:46 PM

Thanks for the quick reply Conifur, appreciate.

I will monitor my furniture and see what happens.

Luckily coconut oil can easily be removed as your nephew has indicated, if it needs to be.

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#10 posted 03-18-2016 07:20 PM

I’ve always believed Teak to be the top of the heap when it comes to rot, bugs and moisture.The good stuff from Burma is horrible to machine it just take to edge off of every machine it touches.
I don’t think there’s anything we can add to it to make better.
The coconut oil sure does make it look alive there’s no denying that.

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Pieter_hb

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 07:43 PM

Hi Aj2

Yip, Teak is a very solid, hard wood and nice to work with, with the minimum of problems that it will give you.

Very popular indoors and outdoors as floors, patios’, balcony’s, furniture, etc.

Yes, like you said, hardly any bug wants to touch it and very durable, therefore it will last for a loooong time anywhere.

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