What to apply over danish oil on this white oak

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Forum topic by Prizen posted 02-22-2013 10:15 AM 1414 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2013 10:15 AM

Hi Guys,

This is my first post here, looks like a great forum.

Would love to get your opinions on the following. I have pieces of white oak as shown below that I wish to apply Danish Oil to. These pieces will eventually be assembled with supports in each of the 4 corners in order to be used as a hifi rack.

My question is, would it be a good idea to apply a wax over 3/4 coats of danish oil? Just looking for the best most impressive finish possible! Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-22-2013 10:51 AM

Wipe on Poly would work well. I also use a lot of water based Poly.

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#2 posted 02-22-2013 11:25 AM

Unless it will add too much gloss it’s always a good idea to put wax over your finish (once it’s cured). It will give some scratch and dust resistance.

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#3 posted 02-22-2013 11:59 AM

95% of my projects are finished with Danish Oil. I good coat of Johnsons Paste Wax will add luster but this has to be repeated annualy or the finish will turn dull. I never add paste wax since the customer is the one who will have to do the annual recoating.

I have not tried the wipe on Poly but since my latest project is a humidor for my son I may give it a shot Since it is free, the customer can’t complain and I can monitor the results over time.

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#4 posted 02-22-2013 12:02 PM

I’ve used both methods and they both work well. Just be sure that the Danish Oil is cured BEFORE applying the poly finish. I’d wait a few days maybe, depending on humidity.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 01:10 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Prizen!

Nice hifi rack you’re making there. Great advice above, and if you
have any scrap laying around you can practice different finishing
techniques and use the one you like.

Rattle can lacquer is an option as well.

Maybe keep notes on which finishes went on which pieces.

Looking forward to seeing the completed project in the project

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#6 posted 02-22-2013 01:20 PM

A hifi rack would get some wear by the components, so I’d probably follow the Danish oil with shellac and/or a good poly.

-- jay,

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 07:50 PM

Thanks for your replies guys, this is progressing nicely. Will post pictures soon.

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 10:41 AM

I’ve also used both the wipe on wax and wipe on poly. Both seem to work well; I personally like to use satin poly. Good luck!

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