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Is Odie's Oil worth all the hype... and money?

If you've looked at a woodworking magazine, watched anything wood-related on YouTube, or just browsed anything on the internet related to woodworking, you've probably come across Odie's Oil. It's ...
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Can you do a wet sand with a sanding machine?

I'm interested in using Danish oil. One of the approaches I have seen is to apply the first coat, let it dry and then use 600 grit sandpaper that you wet with the Danish oil for the second and third ...
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Is there any reason why I should not finish before I build? [duplicate]

I want to finish some pine wood with Danish oil and then try and build a coffee table. I was wondering if there is any reason to build before finishing. I realise that Im probably going to finish some ...
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Finish for a soap mould?

Background : Hi, Wood is often used as a material for trivets, it has a low heat transfert coeficient and do not alter or suffer from temperatures as high as 100°C. (& probably often more for ...
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After two coats of Minwax low luster Antique Oil Finish stain color is still rubbing off

I applied the stain as per the directions, waited 5 minutes then rubbed it off. It dried overnight. I applied the finish generously, waited 10 minutes, then rubbed it off, waited 24 hours then ...
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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

I’ve had the swim deck pictured below on my boat for a few summers now and the finish is getting pretty faded. I bought some teak oil to re-oil (right term?) it, but I’m unsure if I should just apply ...
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Questions on walnut oil on black walnut end grain cutting board

Almost finished this small cutting board (approx. 1" thick, 6" by 8"): I got walnut oil from LeeValley and applied it after sanding and other finish touches. It's been already about 36 ...
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Watco Danish Oil on unstained walnut > how to address tacky surface?

A confession: I made newbie mistakes, despite following can directions to the nth. I think the culprit is actually the wood stock itself: unstained black walnut that's got a grooved milled surface** ...
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How can I seal/stain white cedar to make look similar to its original light color?

I made this white cedar chest & I want to protect it from rain and graying from ultraviolet (UV) sun exposure. I desire an oil stain or sealer because I have seen skin-peeling from varnish, ...
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Transparent oil or other substance which does not darken wood

What natural oil is highly transparent and does not darken the wood? I want it for wooden toys for children. The goal is to protect the wood while keeping the wood grains visible or even make them ...
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Very Sticky Ikea Wood Benchtop, solution?

I'm in a "sticky" situation with my IKEA benchtop (Karlby) which I coated with Behandla (danish oil) that comes with it and have obviously put too much on. I did this nine months ago for a rental ...
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Can I use Teak Oil instead of linseed oil for my needs?

I have access to reasonably priced linseed oil. However it is cold pressed. Boiled linseed oil is a lot more expensive where I am. Teak oil is in between the two. I do not want to use pure linseed ...
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Is there danger of combustion using raw flax / linseed oil for platform bed?

I have built a platform bed using 90%+ cedar (all but some quarter round and the legs). My plan was to use raw, food grade flax / linseed oil to finish it. I like the idea of the raw oil not having ...
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Oiling Triggers on Power tools?

The triggers on my green Bosch power tools are all extremely precise and they feel very lubricated. My Metabo drill on the other hand has a terrible trigger. It feels like plastic grinding on plastic. ...
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When to retreat linseed oil finished wood placed outdoors in moderate rainy climate

We have a couple of wooden bee hives with metal roofs. We have treated the exterior faces of the hives with raw linseed oil, three coats. It has cured nicely, as far as I can tell. What we're ...
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Pore/Grain Filler Over Danish Oil

I have two slabs: redwood some kind of hard wood that I think resembles a red gum wood I have coated them in Danish Oil and this coating has been allowed to dry for over 10 days. My long term goal ...
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Salvaging Failed Spar Varnish/Danish Oil Finishing Layers on Redwood Live-Edge Slab

This question is a follow-up/continuation to another SO question of mine with added detail and hopefully a better explanation of my approach and current state of the board. The state of the wood slab ...
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Are Oil finishing and Oil polishing complementary?

There seems to exist two different procedures to finish wood with vegetal penetrating oils (raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil, or pure tung oil). One method consists in letting the oil penetrate ...
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Safety of commercial oil for cutting boards

Recently I've asked in a couple of places about which oils should be used to finish cutting/butcher boards. Mineral oils were on the list as well as other types of products (tung oil, waxes, etc.). ...
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

The terms hardwood and softwood are often used, but I struggle to find a reliable definition. Is the wood's density sufficient as the distinguishing feature? Is it the only one? As oil is known to ...
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Minimum time between coats of Danish Oil?

I'm refinishing an old spinning wheel and have one coat of Danish Oil on the wheel. I NEED the whole thing finished and assembled by saturday morning and was hoping to get three coats of oil on it in ...
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Single coat of coloured Danish oil?

I am using an oak effect Danish oil and have applied it to a couple of test pieces of pine, one with 3 coats with 30 mins between coats and one with a single coat, and left overnight. The single coat ...
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Walnut or Jojoba oil before final smoothing plane

I was wondering if you plan to finish a piece with walnut or jojoba oil anyway, is there a downside to "pre-finishing" the piece before you finally smooth it? Since these oils don't go rancid they ...
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Sealing MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture

I've made frames out of mdf and there are quite a few exposed edges. How should I seal the MDF? Should I seal only the edges or seal the whole surface? Please note that these frames are to be used ...
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Tacky/ gummy Danish oil surface on stained, Tasmanian Oak

I'm a newbie to woodwork and surprised myself by successfully creating an even Black Japan stain on some Tasmanian Oak. I then decided to finish it with Danish Oil. Somehow I decided to brush on a ...
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Is (pure raw cold-pressed) tung oil food-safe (for cooking utensils)?

I want to try soaking wooden spoons and such (things which will come into prolonged contact with hot food) in tung oil. My local supplier says it is pure, raw and cold pressed and does not contain any ...
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How to solve the behandla problem -- removing or avoiding sticky oil residue

I bought (gerton top taple) from IKEA and the instructions require to apply the (behandla treatment oil) "Apply a thin coat of BEHANDLA wood treatment oil. Leave the oil to penetrate the wood for ...
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Special considerations for a very large, engraved food serving board

Somebody has asked me to make some large shaped food-serving boards, about 600mm/24" across, engraved with a catering company name. I've never taken anything like this on before and I have the ...
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Issue sanding between coats of polyurethane

So I am playing with finishes for the first time and experimenting with polyurethane. My problem involves quoting the instructions on the can and giving some background into my process. Bear with me. ...
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Reusing mineral spirits?

So right now I have a paintbrush sitting in a small jar to clean my brush of poly. Once I take the brush out what can I do with the left over spirits? Would seem a waste to get rid of it. To what ...
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Are oils sufficient for the last step of finishing?

So I have stained and oiled my project (well... oiling is ongoing right now for me buts lets pretend!). Is that it? Am I done? Assuming it is fully cured my project is complete? This is not a question ...
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Applying oils over stains

As we learned from Can I apply water-based polyurethane over an oil based stain? it is possible to do just that under certain conditions. I would like to broaden that question if possible. Finishing ...
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How to oil/treat a solid beech table top that will be used as a computer desk? [duplicate]

I just got a GERTON table top which is made of solid beech. In the instruction they says: Apply a thin coat of BEHANDLA wood treatment oil. Leave the oil to penetrate the wood for about 2 hours....
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How do I prepare and take care of a wooden countertop?

I got a piece of acacia that was already oiled. I cannot specify what kind of acacia that is. I cut it to size and sanded the surface smooth. As the sanding removed parts of the oiled wood, I applied ...
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Recommended technique for applying oils

I'm not sure if different oils have wide varying techniques as far as application goes. Yes some might take longer to cure/dry but I figure in general the approaches are the same. If I am wrong then ...
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How can I store hand tools so they won't rust?

I currently have a small set of hand tools, but do not use some very often. One hand saw that I own (stored on a shelf with my other tools in the basement) has rusted quite a bit on the blade, and I ...
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