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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.

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4 Responses to Danish Oil: Part of Your Complete Project

  1. PutnamEco says:

    Good stuff, that.
    Try some wipe on poly, you may like that also.

  2. l_bilyk says:

    Danish oil is by far my favorite finish

  3. The GINORMOUS advantage to danish oil is it ease of repair.

    The solvent that carries your new finish dissolves the old finish allowing you to easily spot refinish, blending new seamlessly into the old.

    You can’t do that with any poly finish.

    The downside is that it isn’t very hard or water resistant, making it a poor choice for a table top where food or glasses may land.

  4. Ray says:

    Just watch the rags! The “penetrating” oil in this product is, if memory serves, linseed (aka flax seed) oil. Oils such as linseed that dry by oxidation, can under some circumstances self heat and may ignite application rags or pads as they dry. Just to be safe you might want to hang you application rag outside on the wash line ’till it dries.

    But it is a beautiful and easy to work finish (as is straight linseed oil )

    The following link has some good info about the self ignition of these types of oils.


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