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Danish Oil On Dry Scales

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by The Warrior, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I got these Condors in a few days ago, and had mentioned that the scales were a little on the dry side. I finished applying Watco Danish Oil on them, and here are the results. I used the "natural" oil, which is just clear, no stain. Just a light sanding, and a few coats of oil. Thanks tradewater for telling me about the danish oil, appreciated.

    Before. This is the day they came in. You can see how dry they were:

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    After:

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    Again, before:

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    And after:

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    Random shot:

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    Really satisfied with the way it turned out. Has a slight satiny finish, which is what I wanted.
     
  2. B.Mauser

    B.Mauser KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 22, 2011
    WOW, what a difference. Looks great!:thumbup: You have me wanting on of these condors now. I have been looking at the Nessmuk.
     
  3. Looks great! :thumbup:

    I used the 'natural' Watco Danish Oil on a Walnut-handled Opinel, after re-shaping and sanding the handle. I like it. :)
     
  4. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Thanks guys, appreciated. Very little work involved for a nice looking finish.
     
  5. Agreed. That's what impressed me the most. It was real easy to use.
     
  6. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux

    Mar 4, 2006
    Watco Danish oil has been my favorite wood finish for many years. It really makes the grain patters look great.


    Ric
     
  7. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    It sure does. I was worried it would make the grain swell up a bit, but it didn't seem to at all.
     
  8. Thumper99

    Thumper99

    95
    Oct 16, 2011
    It's hard to believe that oil alone would make such a difference. It is amazing what just a little of the good stuff will do.
     
  9. It's actually not just oil. So-called 'Danish Oil' is a mix of linseed oil, thinner (or 'mineral spirits' as listed in the Watco MSDS) and varnish. It actually seals the wood, and won't dry up or otherwise degrade over time.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2012
  10. incaorchid

    incaorchid

    344
    Jul 28, 2011
    Did you just use the Danish Oil alone or did you finish it with another product?

    And how many coats does it take for a nice finish like this?
     
  11. arcadiaknives

    arcadiaknives

    502
    Sep 19, 2008
    With Danish Oil the old saying goes:

    Rub it in,
    Once a day for a week, then
    Once a week for a month and
    Once a month for a year.

    That's how I try to do any of mine with Danish Oil.
    At the very least give it a few more coats over the next couple weeks and they should be good for anything.
     
  12. With my Opinel, I applied two very thin coats about 30-40 minutes apart. Each took only 10-15 minutes to dry to the touch (I'm in the desert southwest ;)). I then followed with a 3rd light coat a few days later, at least 3 days, maybe 4 or 5. I think this is relatively consistent with the directions on the Watco can, which recommends the 3rd coat not be applied for at least 72 hrs after the first two. Danish oil dries to touch relatively quickly, but still needs more time to fully harden & cure. Too much, too fast will result in sticky, gummy finishes (so I've read, anyway).
     
  13. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I followed the instructions, kind of. Gave it a coat, waited 30 minutes, gave it another, then after 15 minutes one more. The next day, I gave them 2 more coats. TBH, I didn't notice much of a difference with the extra 2. I didn't use anything else. It says to give it at least 72 hours to dry, if you wanted to coat it with polyurethane. I didn't see any reason to do so.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2012
  14. Robs92XJ

    Robs92XJ

    190
    Apr 3, 2012
    Those handles look great.

    The Watco Danish Oil is a nice product, but it's not actually Danish oil in the traditional sense. It is pretty much boiled linseed oil with a bit of thinned varnish added. The varnish content is very low so you can treat it just like it was plain BLO (wipe on, wipe off). It darkens the wood and pops the grain like BLO but has a bit of protection and durability from the varnish. It's a great choice for tool handles. Like BLO it tends to turn light colored woods yellow, and does not handle prolonged UV exposure very well. Also you don't want to apply it very thick at all because the varnish, being mixed with so much oil, will be very soft and sticky. It's a finish you want to leave "in the wood" and not build a surface film.

    You can experiment with homemade concoctions, for example substituting tung oil (real tung oil, not Formby's) for BLO, and altering the concentrations of oil, varnish, and thinner. If you need a large amount it's cheaper to do it yourself. It makes a great gunstocks finish, too.
     
  15. incaorchid

    incaorchid

    344
    Jul 28, 2011
    Thanks, TW
     
  16. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux

    Mar 4, 2006
    I try to apply a thin coat of BLO from time to time, just as maintenance. Plus I like the smell of the BLO.

    Many years ago, I stripped the varnish off an old Remington 22LR (model 514) and used straight BLO. It sure made the stock (walnut) look good.

    Ric
     
  17. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I almost went the BLO route, but then heard about the Danish.
     
  18. The Warrior

    The Warrior Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Added Danish Oil on my Condor Bushcrafter as well:

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