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Bill Neff
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Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Oct 10th, 2020 at 11:12am
 
I've been working on a new table for the wife and she wants the finish to be Danish Oil. I've used that on turnings, but now I can't find the quart cans of Natural. If I want cherry, walnut etc I can get it or even a gallon of the natural, but no quarts. I tried 4 stores in Minneapolis, Mn and 2 here in my own town with the same results. AAARRRRGGGHHH!!!  Thank you for letting me vent.
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Re: Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Reply #1 - Oct 10th, 2020 at 1:04pm
 
If you have an Ace Hardware, go get a quart of Antique Oil.  It is the same the Danish, just better as it has more solids in it
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Re: Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2020 at 1:53pm
 
Have you considered making your own?
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Re: Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2020 at 2:04pm
 
I should add that there are too many  names and recipes for what, ends up being the same product.
A mixture of varnish (polyurethane), drying oil (long oil) and a solvent like mineral spirits.
Experiment, have fun
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Re: Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Reply #4 - Oct 11th, 2020 at 7:32pm
 
When I was mixing an oil-varnish blend I was using equal parts of linseed oil, an alkyd varnish (since discontinued) and mineral spirits.  I had applied several coats over a dark stain on red oak, and a couple weeks later the customer found that a damp paper towel was wiping off stain.  I was advised by a long time finishing expert that equal parts was a soft finish due to the amount of linseed oil.  I saw mention by that same finishing expert that the same "look" could be result from a harder finish by combining 1/9th linseed oil with 4/9ths varnish and 4/9ths mineral spirits.  I fixed the table with several coats of wiping varnish (without linseed oil) and haven't used an oil-varnish blend since.
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Re: Watco Danish Oil MIA?
Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2020 at 8:11pm
 
IMO
I would never use 33% oil, it's not necessary.
You need enough oil to cover and penetrate when thinned, that's all. Anything more is simply wiped off on the rag.
I think the 1:1:1 blend is an "easy to remember" formula more than the best recipe.

If I remember correctly,
Off the shelf Danish oils are in the neighborhood of 75% solvent and very little oil, less than 10%
SDS sheets don't provide enough information these days to determine what's actually in a product.
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