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Tip describes an easy oil-over-lacquer finish for lathe-turned objects.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Jun 1992 (v.7#2) pg. 32

Sam Maloof's "perfect" oil finish combines hard yellow beeswax, boiled linseed oil, gloss polyurethane, and paint thinner. Mixing and application are detailed in this article.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Spring 1986 (v.2#1) pg. 49

How to prepare oily woods (cocobolo, teak, rosewood, ebony and cordia) to accept varnish or oil finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #22 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 6

Oil finishes. Four types with different characteristics are described (straight oil, wiping varnish, oil-varnish blends, polymerized oil).
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #28 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 46

Three foolproof finishes that can be wiped on. How to prepare the wood and apply water-based polyurethane, oil and shellac.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 64

Lintungtane, an oil-varnish finish created by combining equal amounts of linseed oil, tung oil and polyurethane varnish. Advice on surface preparation and application.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #35 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 32

Hot linseed oil finish.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #36 Jan-Feb 1994 pg. 48

How to create a tougher finish over Danish oil using wiping oil or long oil.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #40 Oct 1994 pg. 12

Bar and countertop finishes. A look at the alternatives available, their durability, application and ease of repair.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #58 Apr 1997 pg. 82

Danish oil. What it is, when and how to use it.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #66 Jun 1998 pg. 78

Enhancing the grain. How to get the most impact from your figured wood projects by applying oil, stain, and/or clear lacquer to a properly sanded surface.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Feb 1999 (v.22#4) pg. 22

Tip: How to finish an oak door with boiled linseed oil.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1980 (v.4#1) pg. 5

Tip: Proper way to apply tung oil and linseed oil to wood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Oct 1980 (v.4#1) pg. 6

How to apply the Sabe lud oak finish resulting in a dark brown, grainy and natural appearance.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1981 (v.4#6) pg. 46

Advantages and drawbacks of penetrating oil finishes and tips on applying them.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1986 (v.9#6) pg. 16

Suggested finishes for wood turnings. Includes using sunflower oil for eating utensils.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1987 (v.10#5) pg. 16

A penetrating oil primer. An introduction to oil finishes.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1996 (v.20#2) pg. 12

Tips on applying oil finishes.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1996 (v.20#3) pg. 13

How to apply oil finishes to wood.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1997 (v.21#3) pg. 28

Tip describes how to use exhaled carbon dioxide to replace the oxygen in a tung oil container and thus keep the oil from jelling.
CHIP CHATS Sep-Oct 1991 (v.38#5) pg. 23

Tip: Use real walnut oil as a non-toxic finish for wooden toys.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 156

Simple recipe for blending the qualities of Danish oil with modern polyurethane to produce a sure-fire method of refinishing that allows even amature woodworkers to consistently produce beautiful finishes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #264 Dec 1985 (v.35#10) pg. 34

Recipe for a quick and beautiful wood finish with the advantages of both oil and lacquer.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #332 Oct 1992 (v.42#9) pg. 22

Tip on using paper towel to apply and wipe off Danish oil.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #353 Nov-Dec 1994 (v.44#10) pg. 14

Formula for a linseed oil water-repellent finish designed for exterior, above ground use.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #10 Aug-Sep 1982 pg. 8

How to mix and apply an oil and varnish mixture finish to fine furniture. It produces a more durable finish than oil alone.
FINE WOODWORKING #2 Spring 1976 pg. 46

Tip: Use hot linseed oil to finish walnut clock cases.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 15

Formula for an oil finish that repels water consists of a mixture of varnish and linseed oil.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 18
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 16

Tip: How to finish salad bowls with oil.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 20
Correction FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 14

Tip on putting a more durable finish over a linseed oil finish. How to prepare the surface.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 33

Tip: Tung oil suggested as finish for cups and mugs.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 33

Tung oil. A quick-drying finish that is handsome and tough. Tips on application and use.
FINE WOODWORKING #13 Nov 1978 pg. 55

How to finish wooden kitchen counter tops with linseed oil.
FINE WOODWORKING #14 Jan-Feb 1979 pg. 28

Tips on the use of processed tung oil.
FINE WOODWORKING #16 May-Jun 1979 pg. 12

Finishing materials. An overview of the uses and properties of all major wood finishes, including shellac, lacquer, sanding sealers, drying oils, tung oil, varnishes of different types, and rubbing oils.
FINE WOODWORKING #17 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 72

The use of mineral oil vs. linseed oil for treating and protecting wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 27

Tip: Obtain a hard, glossy sheen with natural oil finishes by curing the piece in direct sunlight.
FINE WOODWORKING #19 Nov-Dec 1979 pg. 12

Finishes made from mixtures of varnish and drying oils are reviewed. Also covers the use of tung oil. Describes those finishes which are safe for toys and food utensils.
FINE WOODWORKING #19 Nov-Dec 1979 pg. 76

How to achieve the "oil treated on lacquer" finish found on most imported Danish furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #21 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 21

Tip: Use special paper wipes instead of cloth rags when applying oil and wax finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 17

Tip: Wood finish involves using raw linseed oil followed by orange shellac.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 26

Coloring wood with penetrating oils.
FINE WOODWORKING #27 Mar-Apr 1981 pg. 65

Tip: Finish a tabletop with Watco Danish Oil followed by Deft lacquer. Steps described.
FINE WOODWORKING #30 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 22

Tip: How to get a sheen with penetrating oil finishes without resorting to waxes. How to remove wax already applied.
FINE WOODWORKING #30 Sep-Oct 1981 pg. 24

Tip: Get oil finishes to penetrate dense wood like cocobolo and rosewood by immersing in oil finish and then placing in a vacuum chamber.
FINE WOODWORKING #31 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 22

Old finishes. A review of finishing techniques (stains, oils, dyes, and waxes) used during the period 1700 to 1830.
FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 71

Walnut-oil finish is safe for food.
FINE WOODWORKING #38 Jan-Feb 1983 pg. 71
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #40 May-Jun 1983 pg. 4

Correct procedure for maintaining a piece of furniture which has been finished with Minwax Antique Oil.
FINE WOODWORKING #47 Jul-Aug 1984 pg. 16

Tips on adding color to tung-oil varnish.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 14

An oil and varnish finish for walnut.
FINE WOODWORKING #52 May-Jun 1985 pg. 53

Tip on amount of sanding needed to retain "luster" when using oil finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 12

Description of the hand-rubbed linseed oil and wax finish used on Thomas Moser's furniture. Included in an article on this Maine company.
FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 74

Tip: Use compressed air to blow out excess finishing oil from joint lines, knots, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 10

How to correctly prepare oak surfaces to accept an oil finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #66 Sep-Oct 1987 pg. 16

Tips on applying sealing oils in order to avoid problems caused by "bleeding".
FINE WOODWORKING #74 Jan-Feb 1989 pg. 12

Finishing with oil. Modern products for an age-old process.
FINE WOODWORKING #75 Mar-Apr 1989 pg. 45

Recipes for two oil finishes for relief carvings.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 20

Advice on proper application of slow-drying oil finishes (such as tung oil).
FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 26
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #96 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 8

Applying a hand-rubbed oil finish using a homemade linseed-oil mixture. Looks at the importance of proper surface preparation.
FINE WOODWORKING #97 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 56
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #99 Mar-Apr 1993 pg. 6
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #100 May-Jun 1993 pg. 14

Tips on using either tung oil or linseed oil finishes to protect teak wood on boats.
FINE WOODWORKING #98 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 32

Tips on locating the cause of a white "haze" which forms on a Danish oil finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #105 Mar-Apr 1994 pg. 30

Tips on finishing a cherry bookcase using oil finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #108 Sep-Oct 1994 pg. 30

Two-day lustrous oil finish. A technique to turn four coats into a smooth, beautiful finish in just 48 hours. Involves the use of a hair dryer to speed up the grain-raising process.
FINE WOODWORKING #109 Nov-Dec 1994 pg. 59
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 6

Information on the role of oils used in wood finishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #111 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 18

Advice on removing a lacquer finish from a cherry jewelry box and refinishing using tung oil. Includes instructions for making a finisher's ball.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 28

Advice on applying a varnish/linseed oil finish for a large ash tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #114 Sep-Oct 1995 pg. 26

Tip on coating small wooden objects with an oil finish by sloshing inside a plastic bag.
FINE WOODWORKING #116 Jan-Feb 1996 pg. 14

Tip on preventing stored tung oil from skinning over.
FINE WOODWORKING #116 Jan-Feb 1996 pg. 28

Tips on applying a lacquer topcoating to an oil finish in order to avoid adhesion problems.
FINE WOODWORKING #121 Nov-Dec 1996 pg. 36

Oil-and-varnish furniture finish that is durable and easy to apply. Takes advantage of the best of both finishes. Finished with a beeswax topcoat.
FINE WOODWORKING #122 Jan-Feb 1997 pg. 48

How to refinish furniture. Part 3 of 3. Covers wax and linseed oil finishes and finishes for specific woods.
HANDY ANDY May 1980 (v.4#8) pg. 22

Tips to avoid weeping or bleeding problems when applying an oil finish.
HOME FURNITURE #2 Spring 1995 pg. 14

Fine wood finishes. Five ways to give wood protection and a beautiful polish. Covers shellac, oil varnish, polyurethane varnish, oil finish, wax and wood stains.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1988 (v.13#9) pg. 55

Applying a boiled linseed oil finish to furniture.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #489 Feb 1969 (v.65) pg. 98

Applying a genuine linseed oil finish to furniture.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #498 Nov 1969 (v.65) pg. 130

Quick and easy refinishing technique for wood furniture. Tips on using a 2-step treatment consisting of a refinisher to remove old finish followed by an application of tung oil.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #675 Jul 1984 (v.80) pg. 14

Procedure for applying a linseed oil finish to black walnut.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall-Winter 1978 (v.9#4) pg. 39

A look at the five basic types of wood furniture finishes: varnish, lacquer, wax, oils, and shellac.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 16

Tip: Use thinned crankcase oil instead of paint on old, un-painted houses.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1977 (v.5#2) pg. 14

Refinishing clinic. Final finishes on wood. Looks at varnish, lacquers, shellac, and oils.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1977 (v.5#2) pg. 22

Refinishing clinic. Why I swear by tung oil.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1977 (v.5#3) pg. 27

Tip: Use gun stock oil to finish pine countertops.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1981 (v.9#12) pg. 283

Fantastic finishes. How to apply four of the most popular clear hardwood finishes (hand-rubbed oil, shellac, varnish, and lacquer).
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1985 (v.162#11) pg. 138

Recipe for a wood finish composed of boiled linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine that requires a lot of handrubbing.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #57 Nov 1990 (v.10#3) pg. 18

Perfecting a hand-rubbed oil finish. Some tips.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #73 Jul 1993 (v.13#1) pg. 12

Oil finishes. The history and use of oil, tung oil, and wiping finishes.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #110 Sep 1999 (v.19#4) pg. 70

Danish oil. Ingredients, application, repairs, etc.
SHOPNOTES #19 Jan 1995 (v.4) pg. 31

Oil finishes. How to apply a penetrating oil finish.
WEEKEND WOODWORKING (PROJECTS) #50 Mar 1996 (v.9#2) pg. 30

Tip: How to clarify linseed oil for use in reconditioning old tools. Included in an article on preservation of old hand tools.
WOOD MAGAZINE #12 Aug 1986 (v.3#4) pg. 48

Tip: Prevent tung oil from drying out by storing in recycled shampoo bottles with a flip-up spout.
WOOD MAGAZINE #13 Oct 1986 (v.3#5) pg. 12

Polymerized tung oil, the looking-glass finish that lasts. Tips on selection and use.
WOOD MAGAZINE #14 Dec 1986 (v.3#6) pg. 52
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #19 Oct 1987 (v.4#5) pg. 89

Coaxing a glow from wood. T.C. MacMichael's teak oil and beeswax finishing process is explained.
WOOD MAGAZINE #28 Apr 1989 (v.6#2) pg. 36
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #32 Dec 1989 (v.6#6) pg. 12

Advice on how to deal with bleedback by an oil finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #46 Oct 1991 (v.8#7) pg. 88
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #50 Feb 1992 (v.9#2) pg. 8

Alternatives to "Watco Danish Oil" are suggested.
WOOD MAGAZINE #79 Jun 1995 (v.12#4) pg. 12
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #80 Aug 1995 (v.12#5) pg. 21

Oil-finish common sense. How to safely handle materials that could spontaneously catch fire.
WOOD MAGAZINE #83 Nov 1995 (v.12#8) pg. 52

Four can't-fail wood finishes. Their pros and cons. When and how to use them. (1) Oil-based polyurethane. (2) Spray lacquer. (3) Penetrating oil. (4) Water-based polyurethane.
WOOD MAGAZINE #96 Apr 1997 (v.14#3) pg. 46

What you need to know about oil finishes. (1) How to tell one type of oil finish from another. (2) Using oil/varnish blends. (3) Oil finish safety. (4) The four types of oil finishes.
WOOD MAGAZINE #125 Jul-Aug 2000 (v.17#5) pg. 64

Bring a satin sheen to an old, dulled surface by applying an oil-varnish blend right over the existing finish. It's compatible with virtually all furniture finishes.
WOOD MAGAZINE #136 Oct 2001 (v.18#7) pg. 18

Applying an award-winning oil finish in five easy steps.
WOOD MAGAZINE #143 Sep 2002 (v.19#5) pg. 74

Oil finishes for wood. Tips on selection and application.
WOODSMITH #30 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 12

Polymerized tung oil. What it is and tips on it's use. An interview with master wood finisher Frank Welles.
WOODSMITH #32 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 7
Added Info WOODSMITH #36 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 23

Tips on applying an oil finish over thin veneer without having the adhesive turn loose.
WOODSMITH #44 Apr 1986 pg. 23

Tip: Use a pump-type spray bottle to apply oil finish to small wooden projects with lots of nooks and crannies.
WOODSMITH #47 Oct 1986 pg. 3

Maintaining (restoring) oil finishes that have become worn and dull.
WOODSMITH #92 Apr 1994 (v.16) pg. 28

Oil finishes. A few tips for choosing the right one for your project.
WOODSMITH #95 Oct 1994 (v.16) pg. 28

Oil-based wipe-on finishes. Selecting and using tung oil finishes and oil-and-varnish mixes.
WOODWORK #6 Summer 1990 pg. 52

Advice on lightening cherry after applying a tung oil finish.
WOODWORK #24 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 8
Added Info WOODWORK #26 Apr 1994 pg. 6

Causes and cures for bleeding in oil finishes.
WOODWORK #30 Dec 1994 pg. 28

Wipe-on finishes revisited. A look at straight oil, varnish thinned with paint thinner, and oil-and-varnish blends. Advice on selection, application, safety, etc.
WOODWORK #34 Aug 1995 pg. 53

Advice on reoiling an oil finish after waxing.
WOODWORK #38 Apr 1996 pg. 29

Understanding finish and stain penetration for decoration.
WOODWORK #44 Apr 1997 pg. 42

How to apply a linseed oil finish to oak.
WOODWORKER #1011 Feb 1978 (v.82) pg. 86

Special wood finishes. A look at glazing, dry shining, oil finishes, and wax polishing.
WOODWORKER #1025 Apr 1979 (v.83) pg. 205, 207

Tip: Using raw linseed oil to bring out the beauty of grain in wood.
WOODWORKER #1074 May 1983 (v.87) pg. 318

Danish oil finish. Detailed instructions on how to get the best from an under-rated finish.
WOODWORKER #1099 Jun 1985 (v.89) pg. 457

Tips on using Danish oil to finish a kitchen counter.
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 438

Composition and applications of four wood polishing materials (white spirit, terebene, Danish oil, Watco Danish oil).
WOODWORKER May 1987 (v.91#5) pg. 438

Using Danish oil and wet-and-dry paper to achieve a smooth finish on wood. Use as a final finish or as an undercoat for varnish.
WOODWORKER Apr 1988 (v.92#4) pg. 324

Final touches. Round up of what's available in furniture finishes. Looks at oil polishing, wax polishing, french polishing, spray finishing and varnish.
WOODWORKER May 1989 (v.93#5) pg. 448

Tip on using tung oil to finish iroko wood.
WOODWORKER Nov 1990 (v.94#11) pg. 1103

Simple, foolproof, and consistent method for surface preparation and application of an oil finish to any woodworking project.
WOODWORKER Jul 1992 (v.96#7) pg. 20
Added Info WOODWORKER Sep 1992 (v.96#9) pg. 11
Added Info WOODWORKER Nov 1992 (v.96#11) pg. 12 (Watco Danish oil)

Directions for applying a Danish Oil finish followed with beeswax.
WOODWORKER Mar 1995 (v.99#3) pg. 85

Tips on selecting clear finishes (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish, and sanding sealer).
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 18

Tips on applying a clear finish (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish and sanding sealer) using a brush.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 18

Wood finishing. An overview of both penetrating oils and surface finishes.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1987 (v.11#2) pg. 18

Wood finishing. Penetrating oils and how to use them
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1987 (v.11#3) pg. 14

Four shop made oil and varnish finishes. How to mix them and apply them.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1988 (v.12#1) pg. 23

Tung oil finishing. Tips on choosing and using tung oil (China nut oil) in wood finishing.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1990 (v.14#3) pg. 21

Beyond shellac. There is more to finishing than French polishing and more to French polishing than shellac. An introduction to fine finishing techniques. Looks at French polish, varnish, lacquer, oil, and waxes.

How to apply a penetrating sealer or oil finish to wood.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1970 (v.26#5) pg. 50

A look at how an oil finish is applied.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1975 (v.31#5) pg. 8

How to choose between the four significantly different types of oil wood finishes.
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1992 (v.48#1) pg. 10

Finishes for small wood projects. Looks at oil finishes and aerosol spray finishes.
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1994 (v.50#1) pg. 14

How to remove a linseed oil finish and replace it with a homemade oil-varnish blend.
WORKBENCH Feb-Mar 1994 (v.50#1) pg. 14