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Forum topic by econsigny posted 01-04-2012 01:10 AM 1150 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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econsigny

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01-04-2012 01:10 AM

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 01-04-2012 04:26 AM

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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#2 posted 01-04-2012 04:27 AM

BLO smells?

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

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 04:32 AM

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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#4 posted 01-04-2012 04:39 AM

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....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 05:17 AM

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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#6 posted 01-04-2012 05:23 AM

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 01-04-2012 04:08 PM

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

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 04:12 PM

Boiled Linseed Oil.

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

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 05:22 PM

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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#10 posted 01-04-2012 05:32 PM

I find BLO actually pleasant and sweet smelling…

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 05:40 PM

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

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 03:50 AM

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

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 03:53 AM

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

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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