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I woke up really early this mourning so to the shop I went. I am finishing three weather stations I made for Christmas presents. They are made with red oak and I am finishing them with Watco Danish oil in the color golden oak. This is the first time I have used Watco so do I put more than one coat on and should I put a clear coat on? I get the impression that a clear coat isn't needed. If there is other information I might need to know please let me know.

My first impression is this won't be the last time I use Watco.

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I'd go with a 2nd coat after a 24hr cure time just to insure good penetration in a porous wood like red oak. Beyond that, its just a matter of personnel preference. Additional coats: may slightly alter the appearance (not a bad thing), build up the finish for additional protection if needed. Since these are not high wear items, you can easily just leave em alone (which is great for touch-ups down the road) or just put a good paste wax on em.. Lots of reasons to like basic oil finishes
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Bill.........I've had good luck with Watco. Just be sure to give it plenty of cure time after the second coat before handling it much. Touch an inconspicuous area and make sure there's not a "gummy" feeling to it.
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Bill.........I've had good luck with Watco. Just be sure to give it plenty of cure time after the second coat before handling it much. Touch an inconspicuous area and make sure there's not a "gummy" feeling to it.

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Something I like to do is safe the cutoff's from a project as it progress's. Take a few of those cutoff's and just experiment with different finish schedules if I'm not sure of what direction I want to go in. Doing this during the build is always kind of laid back and not done in any hurry. When it comes time to apply a finish to a project I then have a pretty good idea of what the piece is going to look like and how to go about it. As often as not, I end up going in a different direction or make changes to the finish schedule. Especially helpful when grain and/or figure play an important part in the overall look. Hard lesson learned early on was when to say enough is enough.

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I made a bed frame in cherry years ago and treated it with Watco and then went over that with a simple paste wax. I was very happy with the result. My understanding was that one of the benefits of doing this is that it is easier to make a "spot repair" of the finish than it would be if you had a clear coat on the project. I'm not sure how true this is, finishing seems to be a side of woodworking that is made up of voodoo, black magic, and alchemy all rolled into one.
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I made a bed frame in cherry years ago and treated it with Watco and then went over that with a simple paste wax. I was very happy with the result. My understanding was that one of the benefits of doing this is that it is easier to make a "spot repair" of the finish than it would be if you had a clear coat on the project. I'm not sure how true this is, finishing seems to be a side of woodworking that is made up of voodoo, black magic, and alchemy all rolled into one.

I'm not sure how true this is, finishing seems to be a side of woodworking that is made up of voodoo, black magic, and alchemy all rolled into one.

Boy you said a mouth full there. I totally agree.
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I have used Watco Danish Oil for some time now. I find it depends on the wood some times I can
put 2 or 3 coats on right after another. Be sure to wipe off the excess or you will have a sticky
surface. I usually use a spray lacquer as a top coat after it has dried 24hrs. I have also used
the lacquer the same day and have seen no difference. Once again I think it has a lot to do
with what kind of wood you are using.
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I made a bed frame in cherry years ago and treated it with Watco and then went over that with a simple paste wax. I was very happy with the result. My understanding was that one of the benefits of doing this is that it is easier to make a "spot repair" of the finish than it would be if you had a clear coat on the project. I'm not sure how true this is, finishing seems to be a side of woodworking that is made up of voodoo, black magic, and alchemy all rolled into one.
Very true in some cases. I've read several articles about high end woodworkers making something exceptional and then sending it off to a professional finisher rather than take a chance of doing a mediocre job or worse themselves.
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Very true in some cases. I've read several articles about high end woodworkers making something exceptional and then sending it off to a professional finisher rather than take a chance of doing a mediocre job or worse themselves.
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