A solid finish is a cherry on top of that special woodworking project. It provides a workpiece with that sleek look that you would certainly miss if it were not there. Danish oil is one particular type of wood finishing oil that you should seriously consider using on that next project.

In this piece, we will briefly break down the uses and applications of Danish oil, while also presenting four different available brands of Danish oil that you can apply to a piece to give it that eye-popping Danish oil finish.

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What Is Danish Oil?

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Made out of linseed oil or Tung oil, Danish oil is used to finish wood surfaces and protect them from moisture. It is a hard-drying oil that is available in a variety of colors and can either serve as a satin finish or as a primer on bare wood before paint or varnish is applied.

Typically applied to wood via cloth (though it can be applied through other means as well), Danish oil, though it is fast drying, should be left on a wood piece overnight to give it time to effectively penetrate into the wood and ensure a proper dry.

As it soaks into the wood grain, Danish oil dries to a soft, thin film, which makes it perfect for resisting moisture, though it is conversely not so great for resisting scratches.

When it comes to ideal applications, Danish oil is not as good as other wood finishes on items like tables, chairs, floors or any others that take a lot of abuse or may be more susceptible to spills. This is because Danish oil has a fairly soft finish. Because of this, you can use it on floors or other furniture if you want, but you may need to apply it more frequently than a finish like polyurethane, for example.

On the other hand, Danish oil is perfect for items like decorative tables, picture frames, clocks, jewelry boxes, or any other similar accessories due to its rustic finish and soft sheen.

As an important safety precaution, it is important to note that, due to a process is known as exothermic oxidations, rags used for Danish oil application could have the potential to spontaneously combust and cause fires. So, before disposing of a Danish oil-soaked rag or rags, you should be sure to soak them in water and then properly flat dry them.

 

4 Danish Oil Brands That Can Provide That Great Finish

There are many different types of Danish oil brands, but here are four that can provide a number of pieces with that perfect finished look.

1. Watco Danish Oil

Rust-Oleum 214381 Watco Danish Oil, Red Mahogany
  • Ideal for use on a variety of indoor wood surfaces including bare, stripped or sanded; not recommended for floors
  • Oil-based formula of blended Oil & varnish penetrates deeply into wood pores for ultimate protection
  • Dries to the touch in 6 hours and covers up to 85 sq. ft.

Best for a variety of indoor wood surfaces whether they by sanded, stripped or bare, Watco Danish oil enhances the color of the wood and provides it with strong protection by penetrating deep into the wood’s pores.

Watco’s Danish oil can cover up to 170 square feet and, thanks to a fairly simple application process, only takes about six hours to dry, protecting wood from any wear and tear that may come its way.

2. Tried and True Danish Oil

Tried & True Danish Oil Finish, Quart
  • This product cannot ship to a PO box. Delivery requires street address.
  • Danish Oil is a good choice for any wood work where you want a satin finish
  • Use on kitchenware, cutting boards, and children's furniture, since it is food safe and non-toxic

Available in a quart for $28 or in a gallon for $60, Tried and True boasts that its Danish oil offers a gorgeous satin sheen and is perfect for applying to cabinets, kitchenware, or interior woodwork for that sleek-looking finish.

3. Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil

Furniture Clinic Boiled Linseed Oil for Wood Furniture & More | 8.5 oz...
  • GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL: This product was evaluated by the Good Housekeeping institute and after rigorous testing by...
  • WHY OUR LINSEED OIL: Our Boiled Linseed Oil is a superior quality oil that has been treated with hot air so it dries...
  • USE ON ALL TYPES OF WOOD: Suitable for all types of wood (with the exception of exterior oak). Also ideal for terracotta...

Forming a durable finish that also stays attractive and glossy, Furniture Clinic’s linseed oil is perfect for most wood types (exterior oak being the exception) and can also be used on concrete, terracotta tiles, and other stone items.

4. Briwax Danish Oil

Briwax Danish Oil, 16 fl oz (500mL)
  • Stain, Seals and protects in one easy step
  • Will not crack, chip, or peel
  • Apply with a cloth (or use a brush and wipe over with a cloth to remove any brush marks)

Great for either exterior or interior use, Brimax Danish oil is ideal for either brush or cloth application. At around $17 for a 16-ounce can, the oil takes between four and six hours to dry, depending on the humidity and temperature. You should also apply at least three coats of the stuff if you’re applying it to bare wood.

Top Selling Danish Oil

Bestseller No. 1
Watco Rust-Oleum A65741 Danish Oil Wood Finish, Quart, Natural
  • Ideal for use on a variety of indoor wood surfaces including bare, stripped or sanded; not...
  • Oil-based formula of blended oil & varnish penetrates deeply into wood pores for ultimate protection
Bestseller No. 2
Watco 242219 Danish Oil Wood Finish, Low VOC, Pint, Natural
  • Ideal for use on a variety of indoor wood surfaces including bare, stripped or sanded; not...
  • Low VOC, oil-based formula of blended oil & varnish penetrates deeply into wood pores for ultimate...
Bestseller No. 3
Tried and True Danish Oil, Pint
  • Superior penetrating linseed oil finish that is polymerized for fast and easy application on...
  • Danish Oil is a good choice for any wood work where you want a satin finish

Danish Oil Could Really Make That Next Project Seriously Pop

Whether you spent days on that special cabinet project or are just looking for that unfinished bedside table from Ikea to really pop in a way that it never has before, you should seriously consider using Danish oil as a reliable finish.

Of course, you should never limit yourself when it comes to finishes, as different types of finishes are ideal for different types of projects, but a nice Danish oil finish is great for experimenting on those specifically detailed projects. Whether it be Watco, Tried and True, or some other Danish oil brand, it can never hurt to keep a couple gallons on hand at your workstation.

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