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Forum topic by Coleby posted 05-11-2011 09:32 PM 1080 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-11-2011 09:32 PM

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I am almost through with a gun cabinet made from oak. The plans are for a Cherry cabinet and it recommends finishing the cherry with some sort of watco oil application. I was wandering if this method would be good for oak and if it would be durable enough. I have some linseed oil as well. Will this be a good enough finish???

Also, can a dye be applied before using linseed oil to make it darker?

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 10:12 PM

Though I think it would certainly work, you may want to test on a scrap piece of oak first. I love BLO and Watco Danish oil, but usualy not on oak. I find BLO turns the red oak I use a little too yellow. I’ve used Watco on oak several times, but usually one of the tinted ones like Dark Walnut. I wet sand the Watco on the wood with 320 wet/dry sandpaper to make the pores darker. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes it doesn’t.

Also, as for the durability, I don’t think it’d be a huge issue, especially if you have felt where the butt of the gun sits and on the supports.

Just my two cents. Good luck!


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#2 posted 05-12-2011 01:49 AM

I have used watco oil on alot of projects. I prefer to spray a lacquer finish on top of it. I think it is more durable with a finish top coat.

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 01:51 AM

you can dye and stain to what ever color you want but you cant top coat it wit blo you will have some drying and adhesion issues on oak i either stain red oak minwax and burnt umber mowhak bye cause i like the deep read you get dye going on first and just use wipe on poly or the water lox or something like that the blo doesnt react well to oil based stains for some reason at least in my experience

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 02:35 AM

I use water base dyes on oak all the time. There are no issues with adhesion problems. You can also go with the alcohol based dyes, to avoid raising the grain. You can follow it with Watco or BLO. If you want to use a Danish oil, try the “Tried and True” brand Danish oil. It gives a real nice hand rubbed finish, that would be good for a gun cabinet.

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 05:58 AM

For a gun holding cabinet, oil/varnish blend is fine for this.
You can make it yourself with oil base varnish, linseed oil, and paint thinner.

It’s not 100% durable, but works fine for this particular project.

Also, can a dye be applied before using linseed oil to make it darker?

Yes, boiled linseed oil just pop the grain look. Any stain or dye can be applied after.

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