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Forum topic by BrandonR posted 03-05-2013 10:46 PM 945 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2013 10:46 PM

Hi All!

Thanks for taking a look in advance.

Lately my favorite one two punch of finish has been boiled linseed oil and then waxing with orange oil and beeswax. I love the look and feel… Only problem is I am not sure how long term it will hold up… Already some of the things I have done with it is starting to dull its once shine…

This one two punch has been awesome because it doesn’t take much time at all…. I a making a box now though and it will get a lot of handling over the years…. It is cherry and walnut… Any advice on what I can put over the Boiled linseed oil to protect it from years to come…. If I use a poly, would it have to be a oil based poly?


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#1 posted 03-06-2013 12:17 AM

Once the BLO is fully cured, anything will work. I don’t use BLO anymore, but I always seal oils with shellac first. The issue is how the film finish is applied. An oil-based poly, when wiped on, can pull some the oil up and cause streaking…this is because the solvent in the poly can reactivate things like stains and oils. Sealing (or finishing) with dewaxed shellac is a solid solution.

-- jay,

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 02:25 AM

BLO is only good for starting fires and making pretty wood muddy. Use a real finish like poly or 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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#3 posted 03-06-2013 01:58 PM

Try this.
It works great.

It’s from Tom Iovino at Tom’s Workbench, via the St Petersburg Woodcrafters Guild.

You can thank me when you hit the lottery…lol

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 02:37 PM

Good question Brandon,... you were reading my mind as well. Yesterday I applied a coat of a wipe-on varnish (Minwax Tung Oil Finish) over my BLO on my toes and knobs. It appeared to wake up the color again and gave me a nice satin finish. I have NOT applied any second coat because I do not want it to be too shiny. Today, it still looks good and I am done with them for now. Just a suggestion….

Eric’s link to the YouTube is good stuff. 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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