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Cleaning up Danish Oil

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Emiliano Achaval, Dec 15, 2019.

  1. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    I just got home from a family-related trip. Before I left I had done the third soaking of a Cook Pine bowl. I usually wipe off the excess and or oozing oil several times a day. Today I found several lines of still tacky oil, with a droplet at the end. If you try to clean that up with sandpaper you will find that it will clog it up quickly. My good friend Wayne Omura was visiting, he cleans up and applies oil with fine steel wool. Since I didn't have any, I used 320 Abranet. I apply some oil over the drips and proceeded to clean it up. Abranet did a good job, will have to try steel wool if I ever need to clean up again, but I will use to apply the oil, the final wet sanding step.
     
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  2. Richard Aldrich

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    Great saves are always very rewarding.
     
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  3. Gary Beasley

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    I’ll sometimes rake drips of with a card scraper first before anything else to make the cleanup easier.
     
  4. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Great tip Gary! Now, I can imagine what a card scraper is, but what exactly do you use? Thanks in advance. Aloha
     
  5. Gary Beasley

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    Its an old woodworking tool consisting of a sheet of hardened steel with a burr rolled on the edge, used a lot like a negative rake scraper. Cabinet makers use them for smoothing surfaces with finer results than a hand plane can do. Its sometimes called a cabinet scraper as well.


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  6. Tim Connell

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    Card scrapers come in all shapes and sizes, including some with French curves. It is also easy to make your own from old hand saw plates. Some even make them from steel strapping used for shipping.
     
  7. Jim Selby

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    They need to be made or hardened steel to maintain the burr but still be flexible enough to bow when in use.
     
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  8. Michael Lyle

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    Emiliano

    Did you say you soak your Cook Pine bowl in Danish oil???
    And multiple times??? Do you only soak cook pine or all your
    varieties of wood? And that is one of your steps in finishing?
    and where in the process of finishing is the danish oil soak...

    I am not trying to
    steal your process......but i had never heard of soaking in danish
    oil.....Only about 4 yrs exp fpr me and i am still trying to get
    to improvement in my finishing..so this is a new one for me

    thanks much and i love your turnings.....

    big fan of the Hawaiian woodturner!!!!!!

    Mlyle
     
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  9. Emiliano Achaval

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    It is a homemade mix, but I believe it is very close to Danish Oil. I have about 5 gallons of boiled linseed oil and maybe 1.5 gallons of mineral spirits in a giant aluminum pot. I used to add some poly but you have to keep adding mineral spirits more often. I leave the cook pine bowls overnight in the mix. I wipe and let it dry and repeat the process up to 4 or 5 times. I mostly only soak cook pine. I use wipe on Danish Oil for Koa and Milo. You are not stealing anything, I wish I could tell you I invented this! Take a look at ronkent.com he is the one that invented it. He explains the process there. Let me know if I can help you with anything else. Aloha
     
  10. Michael Lyle

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    Well i read the Ron Kent article from the South puget sound
    woodturners meeting on Wood Prep....
    What a good read....
    So I got some really nice figd Walnut and am soaking it
    with Costco liquid dish detergent off and on for the next
    few days then i will finish the bowl
    so here is my Walnut bowl yesterday and i will
    update as I finish and complete the bowl.
    So if the bowl disintegrates I am goingg to blame you. haha
    for putting the idea in my head....
    But u know what.....
    I am embarrassed as Ron Kent gave the interview to the
    South Puget Sound Woodturners.......and I am a member
    of that group and missed him when he was here at our
    meeting......damn....

    Thanks for listening
     

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    here are pix from todays soaking of walnut
    bowl in dish detergent

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  12. Emiliano Achaval

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    One of the reasons Ron experimented with soap was to see if he could cut the Cook Pine better. With today's steels, like the V10 from Dough Thompson, and a 40/40 grind, I can cut the Cook Pine so much better than with an old carbon steel tool. Especially on a big piece, we had to sharpen so often we used to leave the grinder on all the time so we didn't have to wait for it to start.
     
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    Interesting comment on sharpening, there.
     
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  14. Don Wattenhofer

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    The wood work in my house and many turnings are all finished with Watco Danish oil so I have had the problem with missing the final rub down. The cleanup method is usually dependent on how heavy the sticky film is and the length of time it has been drying. The methods of removing it have already been mentioned including fresh oil and Steel wool, card scrappers etc. The preferred method would be fresh oil to soften it or just don't let it happen.
     
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