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1yeldud1

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04-23-2013 09:36 AM

I have several small childs step /potty stools and I am wondering if a person can use Watco danish oil as a “stain” and then apply satin “poly” over the top after it dries – I have not had a lot of experience finishing nice wood projects so far. I am looking for the best way to preserve the finish appearance of the watco danish oil. Am I looking the “wrong” direction or do I need to cover this oil ? I am concerned as to the durability as this items finish at it will be stepped on and abused by kids – building these as a heirloom type project for kids of my former softball players. Thanks for any help you can give me !!


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#1 posted 04-23-2013 10:15 AM

Yes, you can do it. I use Watco Danish Oil as a stain, never as a final finish and have finished it with either lacquer or poly and never had a problem. Just make sure you wipe all the excess Watco off the wood immediately, then if it’s a porous wood like red oak, go back over it and wipe it down again before finishing to get any oil that bleeds out of the pores and grain.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 01:56 PM

YES – I use it a lot in my scrollsaw work and it is great. Just read instructions. Best of luck.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 02:06 PM

I’ve found it best to let the Watco sit overnight before finish.

Watco is indeed a varnish, just a thinned one, and pigmented. You can get a varnish finish with it, it just takes a zillion coats.

You didn’t mention the species; that could make a difference. Open grain woods like oak, walnut, ash and mahogany like Watco products. Woods like maple, pine, cherry and poplar, not much.

Oh, and be sure to sign and date your work! We’ll be wanting to see that in 50 years on Antiques Roadshow.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 02:07 PM

Give Watco plenty of time to do it’s thing, I wait 3 to 4 days in So. Ca., before applying poly, or lacquer.
That’s a good combo and I think you will be pleased will the results.

Practice on some scraps to find the finish you like, make notes on the back or on paper, and experiment a little
and to find something you find pleasing to the eye.

Watco has a natural oil, which I like a lot, or walnut, golden oak etc.

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Cosmicsniper

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 02:48 PM

Yes, I do it all the time.

Lee, not sure if you can truly build up a varnish finish with Watco as I have serious doubts about how much resin is actually IN Watco. For this reason, I would never trust it in durability applications.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 04:48 PM

Agree with all, I do it just give Watco plenty of time to season before top coat.

BTW, you can make your own “Watco” it a 2:1:1 finish. MS:BLO:Varnish/Poly + stain

I’ve found leather dye makes excellent wood colorant for wood.

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 05:18 PM

LOL – Lee I just read your post and I sound really bad with my “Heirloom” comment. I must explain. I coached about 45 young ladies from the age of 10 years all the way to age 18 in the past 16 or so years. We had a traveling softball team that played tournaments all over the the midwest. I had a great time coaching and mentoring these young ladies wouldnt have traded it for the world. Now the majority of these young ladies have turned into “moms”. I still think of these girls as part of my family. I am building small oak and walnut boxes with brass name plates and child type wood working projects to give their kids at birth. I guess I’m hoping that these moms will think of these projects as “heirlooms” to remember this “old grey haired coach” – thank you for bringing it to my attention to explain. you have humbled me !!!!

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#8 posted 04-23-2013 05:20 PM

Thaks everyone for the suggestions – I was worried that the 2 types of finishes wouldn’t work together. If anyone has any other suggestions please let me know. I like danish oil as it is SO easy to work with but I am open to any suggestions.

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 06:11 PM

Jay, I agree; the build in Watco isn’t much. They made an outdoor line for a while but I haven’t seen it of late. It was thick and gooey. How’s that for scientific analysis!

I have seen small artsy projects done strictly with Watco and they had depth and the right glassy feel. So it’s possible. Practical, noop.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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