In old breakfast cereal commercials there was always a shot of a fully-loaded kitchen table followed by the voiceover phrase, “part of your complete breakfast.” For the Breakfast of Woodworkers, Watco Danish oil gets a prominent place on the table. As a finishing agent, it rocks.
A blend of penetrating oil & varnish, Danish oil hardens inside the wood, creating a strong internal barrier rather than a thin surface topcoat. It’s also available in 8 tints to complement a number of home settings.
Danish oil dries to look like a traditional hand-rubbed finish, enhancing the Old-World natural look and feel of the wood. And it looks classy straight out the gate in just one or two coats. To apply, just slosh some on a cloth and wipe it on in the direction of the grain. Wipe away the excess and sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. That’s it.
At $12 a pint, Danish oil is on par with most other stains and varnishes, if just a bit pricey. Then again, it’s not too much to pay for a finish that comes out looking like a pro did it. I recently used it on a bookcase project and was pleasantly surprised at the ease of application and the beautiful end result. If you’re considering a hand-finished look, I recommend it.