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Forum topic by Matt Pec posted 10-21-2010 02:43 PM 845 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Pec

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10-21-2010 02:43 PM

I read thedudeabides’ thread about poly vs. lacquer and enjoyed it. Lots of great info in there. Only a couple people mentioned oils though. I regularly use Teak oil, Mineral oil, etc. depending on the needs of the project (like being foodsafe…). I realize oils don’t provide much in the way of a protective finish but was surprised to find more people didn’t even mention them. Does anyone mix oils into their repertoire and if so, any warnings about what NOT to use in certain circumstances?

the original thread was here:

-- hswoodcutting, "Catchy sayings are fun but I'm in it for the wood."

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 02:55 PM

I recently used Don Kondras secret recipe on a table where lacquer just didnt work.

Its 25% tongue oil, 25% high grade marine varnish, and 50% paint thinner.

It sucked up the mixture as fast as I could put it on (the wood has been air dried for 200 years and was as dry as a popcorn fart) and after countless coats it looks awesome, no brush marks, nice satin sheen, great depth.

I did the last 3 coats in the house as dust was a tad bit of a problem.

I highly recommend it for those who lack spray equipment.

Thanks Don !!!!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 03:11 PM

Tongue oil?
Is that a spit-and-polish finish? :)

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 04:15 PM

I use Danish oil on some turnings if, and only if, I am going to buff them. The combination of Danish oil and buffing gives you a very showy piece (but it is not very durable). Sometimes, showy is important.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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