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02-22-2011 07:14 AM

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I have built several boxes and jewelry boxes lately, some out of clear cedar trees I have cut down. I put a coat of linseed oil on the boxes which brought out and darkened the grain which I wanted. my question is, would tung oil or danish oil do the same thing? I think they would both be easier to work with. I put a couple of coats of polyurethane on after the oil has dried. any suggestions. thanks.

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 07:15 PM

I built lots of boxes using redwood and I mainly use BLO for my finish. I use to use danish oil, but I keep forgetting to buy more. Both will darken the wood, as will tung oil from what I’ve seen. I have not used tung oil yet, but plan on getting some soon. Sometimes I feel like the boiled linseed oil darkens the readwood more, but I like the look of danish oil on oak better.

I agree the danish oil seems to cure faster and is a bit easier to work with, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those options. I use to put wipe-on poly over the oil, but lately I’ve been using shellac. I find it easier to apply and you can get several coats on in a day. I just use the dewaxed shellac you can get from HD or Lowes.

Take a look at some of the boxes in my projects section, most are BLO and shellac. Hope this helps.

-- David

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