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05-15-2017 11:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: blo oil based finish finishing question

Hello I am in the process of building a butcher block top workbench(glued 2×4s together side by side) and am using BLO but I would like my finished top to be more of an amber color rather than plain BLO. I have read that most oil stains or dies should be fine to tint the BLO with but I want to see what people who have way more know how on the subject than I do thought first. Ok i was thing of trying to tint my BLO with Watco Cherry Danish Oil, does anyone know if this will give me the desired amber tint or should I try something else. Thanks in advance for any advice.

-- ArtisLee


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#1 posted 05-15-2017 12:00 PM

This may help you. For amber why would you use cherry? Either natural or golden oak if you want to use watco.

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 12:47 PM

I was thinking red when I pictured cherry but I realize now its a lot closer to purple than red or at least what I have seen thus far but thanks for the reply and the link. Do you by any chance have any suggestions for a top coat I can use that would be hard enough to protect a workbench??

-- ArtisLee

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 01:19 PM

No finish will protect the top of workbench. Dents and dings and cuts are expected. Unless you topcoat your top with a sacrificial top, it’s going to get damaged.
That being said, amber shellac may get you the color you’re looking for. Decent finish for a bench. Resists glue adhesion, easy to repair/renew, and a great place to use up the last bits in a can or batch. Some say it’s a little too slippery for a bench top, but I’ve been using it for years and haven’t found it to be a problem.

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 01:43 PM

I agree with Dan. But, if you choose the oil route, there’s really no need to cut the Watco with BLO. Watco mixed with a good, oil based varnish makes a nice wipe on finish but, wasted on a work bench, IMO.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 05-15-2017 02:21 PM

I’m not sure the value of mixing BLO and Danish, since Danish is basically just oil and hardeners. The classic “secret” recipe that everyone and their brother knows is equal parts BLO, urethane and mineral spirits. That’s what I put on mine, and, like Dan said, it won’t protect the surface from physical damage, but it has stayed clean and glue comes up easily.

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#6 posted 05-15-2017 02:55 PM

Right on, I appreciate all of your replies and Gene I do agree it would be wasted so I believe I am going to try the amber shellac, thanks, Dan. This my first time using shellac so I need to do a little reading before I dive head first into it. Thanks again for all of your advice.

-- ArtisLee

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#7 posted 05-15-2017 02:56 PM

Do I need to mark this as solved now and if so how do I go about doing that?

-- ArtisLee

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#8 posted 05-16-2017 12:02 AM

This thread doesn’t need to be closed or cancelled. It will become a reference for future woodworkers with the same question. That is a good thing.

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#9 posted 05-16-2017 12:18 AM

Yes, I agree. I just wanted to make sure I was doing things right. Thanks for your response.

-- ArtisLee

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 11:38 AM



Do you by any chance have any suggestions for a top coat I can use that would be hard enough to protect a workbench??
- artislee

Yes and no. Protecting it from dings and cuts, etc no. Protect it some from spilled liquids and glue sticking, yes. Oil based poly thinned 1:1, get it one there, keep it wet for ~ 10 minutes, wipe it off. It will penetrate more than shellac, is far more chemical resistant, more readily available, and cheaper.

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#11 posted 05-17-2017 02:15 AM

awesome thanks a lot OSU55

-- ArtisLee

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#12 posted 05-26-2017 12:26 AM

BLOIs my favorite finish.

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