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Forum topic by econsigny posted 959 days ago 1111 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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econsigny

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959 days ago

I’m going to be finishing a top and bottom piece of walnut that’s about 24” by 36” with most likely BLO or Tung Oil. Maybe Danish Oil.

Can I do it in my basement? What if it is not that well ventilated? Will I smell it in other parts of the house?

I’ve heard BLO smells stronger than say Danish Oil or a water based finish. How true is that?


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gfadvm

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#1 posted 959 days ago

I really like the smell of BLO and don’t think it is offensive at all. Has a nutty/woody smell to me but it may be offensive to others. I’ll be following this to see if I’m just wierd or if others like the smell also.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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devann

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#2 posted 959 days ago

BLO smells?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Manitario

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#3 posted 959 days ago

I find BLO hardly has any smell at all, Danish Oil will definitely stink the house up. I wouldn’t use either of them in a poorly ventilated space though.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 959 days ago

IMO, the odor of BLO is secondary to its best use as an incendiary accelerant. It turns walnut to a muddy brown while blurring any figure. If you must use a drying oil, try a light coat of pure raw tung oil. If the wood will see any service, a better finish would be a wipe-on oil poly. Or better yet, a solvent lacquer.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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hokieman

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#5 posted 959 days ago

It ain’t something you’d want your wife or girfriend to wear for perfume but it won’t stink to high heaven. You could do it in the basement.

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 959 days ago

I agree with those who say BLO isn’t strong-smelling at all. As Rob said, Danish oil smells much strronger.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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karen12

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#7 posted 959 days ago

Hi newbie of course lol. What does BLO stand for?

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 959 days ago

Boiled Linseed Oil.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CubsFan

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#9 posted 959 days ago

I agree with everyone. Didn’t have much of a smell to me. My dog, however, was crazy about the stuff. He’s usually very quiet, but when he smelled the BLO he was barking and trying to get at it.

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 959 days ago

I find BLO actually pleasant and sweet smelling…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Eric_S

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#11 posted 959 days ago

I agree with the others, BLO has a very nice smell to it.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 958 days ago

Whew, Glad to know I’m not wierd after all!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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doncutlip

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#13 posted 958 days ago

It might stink, but it’s a good stink. Don’t worry about it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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