Drying time for BLO?

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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 01-31-2012 11:36 AM 901 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2012 11:36 AM

I posted earlier on a project I’m working on with reclaimed antique oak with regards to staining/finishing etc etc.

I have decided to use an oil straight onto the raw timber. I was thinking of using BLO? what is the drying time for BLO compared to say an off the shelf “Danish oil”? would BLO be a good choice or would a hardwax oil be better?

Would one coat of oil suffice prior to finishing with a couple of top coats of varnish or shellac. Any thoughts on the suitability of shellac. The project is a chimney cupboard for the dining room, which will see little in the way of use or heavy traffic.

Thanks folks.


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#1 posted 02-01-2012 06:47 AM

use denatured alcohol. At room temperature, submerge the rough turned blank into full strength denatured alcohol bath allowing it to soak for 4 to 12 hours, depending on blank size. You should use the best quality denatured alcohol that is the one with the least percentage of water content. The liquid is reusable so the cost will be spread out.

I hope this will help you.

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 07:52 AM

Drying time is to long .I won’t use .

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