Oil Finishes for Wood: Linseed Oil vs Danish Oil

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Danish oil and linseed oil are two popular oil finishes, but it can be difficult to tell which one is the best without trying them out.

Linseed Oil

Linseed oil is a popular wood finishing option. In fact, many of its supporters will argue that it is the best. While you may not find this to be the case if you try it out yourself, it is undeniable that linseed oil finishes have many great features.

To begin, linseed oil does not require any sanding, which means you can save a lot of time if you use it. Additionally, one coat of linseed oil is generally enough to get a great finish. Because of these two features, linseed oil is a great option if you want a finish that takes little time to apply. However, linseed oil still gives you a great glossy final appearance.

Linseed oil has the disadvantages of being flammable, vulnerable to mildew and has a tendency to become discolored over time.

Danish Oil

Danish oil is also a great way to finish your wood. It is extremely simple and gives you a finished result that may be among the smoothest possible finishes. Additionally, touching up danish oil is a snap.

However, danish oil requires more touching up than other types of oil finishes. On top of that, using it is more time consuming. If spending a lot of time on your wood finish is worth it, danish oil is a great option.