Finishing Red Oak-- I Need An Oil Finish That Will Last

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Forum topic by Vinnie posted 09-05-2010 01:34 AM 3138 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2010 01:34 AM

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Hello, I make a lot of my projects out of red oak and I want to use a oil finish that does not dry up. I have used lemon oil and mineral oil. Both of these oils dry up in a few months to the point that my projects almost look white. When I redo them with mineral oil I get the same results after a few months.
The project that I make are 3D and the parts move in and out so I can’t use brush on polys or spray finishes.
The same goes for the wood trivets that I make. I am looking for and oil finish that will last.

Can someone help me?

Thanks, Vinnie

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 03:13 AM

Try danish oil.

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 03:17 AM

Try Waterlox original. I’ve used it on both furniture and turned pieces and have been verfy happy. It’s similar to wipe on poly. I lather on the first coat. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Then wipe it completely dry with a clean rag. After it dries I rub it out with 0000 steel wool (although I most recently tried an abrasive pad that works similarly). Subsequent coats go on and then are wiped off 5-10 mins later. Be sure to wipe off completely dry. Then use steel wool again. I typicaLLY do 3 or more coats. For turned pieces I then buff.

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 04:25 AM

I like to use Tried and True danish oil


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#4 posted 09-05-2010 05:35 AM

Thanks closetguy,Randy and Glen! I will try the Waterlox and the Danish oil to see which one I like best.

Thanks for replying to my post.


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