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Forum topic by driftwoodhunter posted 03-26-2017 01:58 AM 744 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2017 01:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tried and true finish walnut sam maloof finish danish oil

I have some walnut, and I’d like to get a soft finish similar to an old bench a cousin of mine made several decades ago. His bench needs some refresher TLC, but basically it has always had a soft looking, silky feeling, barely-there (almost non-existent) sheen. It’s a primitive style piece. I could enclose a pic tomorrow if required, but the I hope you get the idea of the look. From what I’ve been reading here, Tried and True, Sam Maloof, or Danish oil followed by wax seems to be the look and feel I’m going for. I like that they also seem to be easy to rejuvenate annually, or repair occasional light marks. The walnut will be decorative counter tops, not used as a functional counter top or table top. Nothing will be placed on top of the wood, and they won’t be exposed to direct light. The walnut is also phenomenally figured with one live edge, and I want to show that off as much as possible without going beyond a hand rubbed look with a subtle sheen. Can you share any advice for me? Right now I’m leaning towards Tried and True. Many thanks. I should add that I have all the time in the world to complete this, so the time it takes to do this right is no issue, lol.

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 05:26 AM

Danish oil is my go to finish. Started out with watco natural, and most recently I have been using tried and true Danish oil. The tried and true brand is much thicker than watco, and I seem to use less. I sand most pieces to 320, and I rub the oil in as I apply it with the finest grit paper I sander with. I rub it till it starts to get tacky, then wipe it off with a clean rag. Let it dry, however many days it takes and the add another coat. On a warm day it will dry fine over night. I usually do 2 coats on a cutting board, but fine furniture i will use 3 or 4. Then typically let it sit for a week to cure. A coat of wax if you like after that.

-- John

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 05:39 AM

I have used Liberon Finishing Oil on Walnut with great results. This pic does not do it service.. Liberon is pricey but reliably produces a soft rich luster especially on walnut and Mahogany. Easy to use, reliable results, georgous luster. I highly recomend it.

-- Ken

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#3 posted 03-26-2017 04:26 PM

Thank you both for replying – newwoodbutcher, luster is an excellent word for what I was trying to get across! I’ll do a search here for projects finished with Liberon because I’m not familiar with it. bigJohninvegas, I’ve read in one of the projects here that that person kept his Tried and True on one of those coffee cup warmers to thin the product a bit to make it easier to apply and so it might penetrate a bit better. Have you had any issues with it being thick? My walnut slabs are 74” by approx. 14” to 18” on the live edge. That’s a lot of area to cover (for me anyway). Thanks guys!

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