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Nov 9th, 2020 at 11:43am
 
does anyone use Doctor's Woodshop walnut oil with or without the wax in it?  He sells  straight walnut oil,  oil/carnauba wax, & oil/synthetic wax?
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Re: walnut oil
Reply #1 - Nov 9th, 2020 at 12:54pm
 
I've only ever used Mahoney's
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Reply #2 - Nov 10th, 2020 at 11:49am
 
I do prefer the Doctor's (PHD Chemistry) mix to Mike Mahoney's. This is in part because the Doctor is from Oregon. I do like the wax mix, and use his bowl mix exclusively. He explained how it all works at demos, and he dumbed it down so it made sense, but I can't really explain it like he does. I don't think he uses bees wax, which is too soft, and he 'microagregates' his carnuba wax so it flows pretty well without heat.

Interesting side note, if you use it on end grain cutting boards, he suggests you use a heat gun on it. This helps the wax soak in 1/8 inch or more for better protection.

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Re: walnut oil
Reply #3 - Nov 14th, 2020 at 9:15am
 
oil/carnauba wax, & oil/synthetic wax

Which is better      carnauba or synthetic    wax?
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Reply #4 - Nov 14th, 2020 at 10:19am
 
I think that depends on what you want for the final finish. I think the 'micorchrystaline' type of waxes, which I believe are synthetic, work better for things like pens and even furniture. The carnuba, is my preference for daily use bowls. I plan to make a kitchen island butcher block table for food prep. I will use the doctor's woodshop oil with carnuba on it, and hit it with a heat gun so it penetrates in deeper, which was a hint from the Doctor himself. Works best on end grain, but will see how it works on side grain, which is what all the restaurant grade maple tops are.

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Re: walnut oil
Reply #5 - Nov 14th, 2020 at 11:25am
 
It's the "look" and then durability.
Carnuba is the hardest natural wax
Microcrystalline wax (synthetic) is harder than carnuba

Microcrystalline wax is clear where as carnuba has a tint to it, this is a consideration on some woods. Also, you should be able to achieve a higher sheen with microcrystalline.
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Reply #6 - Feb 20th, 2021 at 12:14pm
 
There's also a walnut oil/carnuba blend from mahoney's That works very well, gotta glob it on and wait for an hour or so.
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Reply #7 - Feb 20th, 2021 at 7:48pm
 
Experiment on a piece of scrap first.  I purchased one of the "processed" walnut oil products for turners, applied it to a wooden bowl per instructions, left on a nail board for several days, then put it on one of the unfinished wood display shelves.  Happened to pick it up several days later and there was an oily ring where it was in contact with the shelf.  Gave the rest of the product away.
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