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How to solve the behandla problem -- removing or avoiding sticky oil residue

The surface should not have become sticky, which may be due to not wiping off all the surplus oil as the instructions say to do. You have to be very thorough doing this with any oil or "oil finish" ...
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

Technically hardwood comes from angiosperm trees, softwood comes from gymnosperm trees. So (mostly) if the tree has leaves it is hardwood, if it has needles it is softwood. This means that some '...
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Is (pure raw cold-pressed) tung oil food-safe (for cooking utensils)?

Is (pure raw cold-pressed) tung oil food-safe (for cooking utensils)? Almost certainly yes. Just to mention, almost any oil of vegetable origin would be as well. There's a small chance of individual ...
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What's a reliable measure of wood hardness?

Per your edit, you appear to be looking for e.g. Janka hardness, a standardized measure involving indenting a wood sample with a penetrator and measuring the force required to indent a standard amount....
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Are Oil finishing and Oil polishing complementary?

Superficially these refer to the same thing, and there are many overlaps, but in practice these days they can tend to describe fundamentally different finishes, giving very different end results as a ...
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Can you do a wet sand with a sanding machine?

In theory yes, but it might come around and bite you later. The effect of exposure to mineral spirits on the pad in particular is unknown, and many plastics and resins (which foam pads are made from) ...
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Very Sticky Ikea Wood Benchtop, solution?

This is easily fixable, and shouldn't be too expensive although the cost of materials isn't negligible. All you have to do is remove the softly cured excess oil from the surface, which should take ...
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Watco Danish Oil on unstained walnut > how to address tacky surface?

Therefore, to get the oil in all of the little grooves I had to really rag and push when I applied. Next time don't be afraid to use a brush for application. The bristles of a brush are far, far ...
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Can I use Teak Oil instead of linseed oil for my needs?

Yes you can absolutely use "teak oil" 1 in place of BLO. In fact I think if you did a direct comparison you'd decide that the results are superior, in all the ways you list — higher sheen (or at least ...
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Oiling Triggers on Power tools?

It sounds like plastic on plastic, with particles tossed in for good measure. If you aren't concerned about opening the case, consider to do so while looking for fragments and particles that are ...
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Can I oil wood if the pores are full of epoxy?

Will the wood still absorb polymerized linseed oil evenly This is very firmly a maybe. Sometimes visible filled grain/pores do indicate that if you oil (or use a finish that acts similarly to 'wet' ...
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Single coat of coloured Danish oil?

This is tricky as a coloured version of a finish is doing two jobs at the same time, providing colour wood and adding protection. For many finishes three coats is considered the minimum number to ...
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Walnut or Jojoba oil before final smoothing plane

It seems to me that this might help lubricate the sole of the plane (like candle wax on the sole) for better smoothing It would indeed. There's a long tradition of oiling the soles of planes, with a ...
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Sealing MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture

You don't actually need to seal the MDF so it doesn't absorb moisture, any more than studwork in walls, the interior components of cabinetry or the framework in covered chairs need to be sealed. ...
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Tacky/ gummy Danish oil surface on stained, Tasmanian Oak

What can I do to remove the tacky/ gummy Danish Oil finish from Oak without removing the stain? I suspect you're not going to be able to I'm afraid. Well done for doing a test but your experiment ...
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Is (pure raw cold-pressed) tung oil food-safe (for cooking utensils)?

Much unlike linseed oil, tung oil is poisonous, containing terpene esters. That does however not necessarily mean that it isn't safe to use anyway. I would surely not drink it, and you should avoid ...
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How can I store hand tools so they won't rust?

CRC food grade Silicone Lubricant is magic on any metal, Never leaves a mark and does not go away unless you want it to, They use this stuff in museums when long term storage with protection is of the ...
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Is there danger of combustion using raw flax / linseed oil for platform bed?

My primary concern is the fact that it takes longer (days to weeks?) to oxidize than boiled linseed oil. Weeks at least, possibly months. Indoors, if the conditions aren't ideal, it could take a ...
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Transparent oil or other substance which does not darken wood

Paste wax is a good alternative to oil and will darken wood a lot less than an oil will.
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After two coats of Minwax low luster Antique Oil Finish stain color is still rubbing off

I have run into this same problem with the product in the past, and almost every time I have, it's been because of high humidity in the garage. Two things have helped: Sanding with a 320-400 grit ...
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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

First off well done in recognising that the finish needs to be refreshed now, and not putting it off for longer and have the surface weather further (which isn't likely to result in damage but the ...
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Salvaging Failed Spar Varnish/Danish Oil Finishing Layers on Redwood Live-Edge Slab

Here's what I did (pictures below): Went to home depot and purchased: several 1",2" and a couple 3" plastic paint scrapers (important to use plastic if working on soft wood); 1 quart ...
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Finish for a soap mould?

From images available online soap moulds are not finished. If exposed to liquid mixture wood will not absorb more soap after first time so no need to seal for that reason, and exposure to water is not ...
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Is there any reason why I should not finish before I build?

I do often prime and do one coat of paint on timber for house construction and then do a final coat after completion. I do this since it's easier to prime and do the first coat before the timber is ...
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How to use perilla oil for wood finishing

Does perilla oil have to be mixed with some kind of solvent before being applied to wood? If so, which solvent and in what proportions? There's no 'have to' when talking about diluting oils. This isn'...
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After two coats of Minwax low luster Antique Oil Finish stain color is still rubbing off

Finish takes as long to dry as it takes, which can (far too often IMO) bear little resemblance to the manufacturer's guidelines! Oil-based products in particular are notorious for taking much longer ...
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Can I use Teak Oil instead of linseed oil for my needs?

I have used teak oil on a door for a small cabinet that was kept inside the cabinet was scraped but the door remains around the finish still looks good, it was built about 10 years ago.
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Oiling Triggers on Power tools?

Well I opened my Metabo BS18. This is what it looks like inside: This is the trigger itself: The trigger is built something like this: You have a piece of hollow plastic wedged inside another tube-...
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When to retreat linseed oil finished wood placed outdoors in moderate rainy climate

What we're wondering about it is when we should retreat the wood. The basic rule is, when it looks like it needs it. After a certain period the wood will have started to look a little dry, pale and/...
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