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Thread: Need advice on Mahoney's walnut oil finish and wax..

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    Need advice on Mahoney's walnut oil finish and wax..

    I turned a small utility bowl and I'm using Mahoney's walnut Utility Oil on it. Actually I have already applied it. I am also planning on using Mahoney's wax which is walnut oil, beeswax and carnuba wax. They indicate it takes a long time for the Utility oil to dry and they recommend it before putting the wax on. But they don't indicate how long to let it set before applying the wax. I don't know if it's hours or days. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Southern Kentucky
    That's going to be hard to answer-----if your wood was dry and you wiped off the excess oil I would guess a couple days. If your wood was still wet and you soaked it with oil your looking at longer. I am bad about over appling oil so I go with a week drying time.
    ---I may be broke---but we have plenty of wood---

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Granite Falls, WA
    I've only done one dry (returned) bowl in Mahoney's oil. I let it dry for two weeks before buffing and applying Ren wax. It came out fine.

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    Hi James,
    You can call Mike directly and ask him yourself. He is a nice guy and I am sure will tell you exactly what you need to know. However, he is very busy so I might suggest if you call him... get right to the point and ask your question(s) no rambling so to speak. LOL! While it is a hobby for most turning is how he makes his living and he moves quick!

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    Thanks for the advice guys. The wood is dry and it has soaked the oil up good. I think I will go with Gary's suggestion and wait a couple of days. I want to be able to use it for food, but at the same time I want it to shine a little, so I would like to apply the wax. Thanks again for your suggestions.

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    FYI - I recently sent Mike an email concerning the Walnut oil and he responded within the hour. So he's quick to answer questions.


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    I use Mahoney's oil and wax on all my bowls. I live in a dry climate so I usually only wait 24 to 48 hours. What I have started doing is applying oil to bowl and then spinning it on the lathe and buffing with the application cloth. This seems to uniformly apply the oil and gives it a little shine. In 24 to 48 hours I apply a coat of was wait a couple of hours and then buff it while it is on the lathe. I repeat this in a couple of hours. I have noticed since I started spinning the bowls while applying and buffing the finish looks a lot nicer.

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    It won't matter to an extent. The wax does not form an impermeable layer, and it is soft. This means the Walnut oil finish beneath it will continue to dry through the wax, and will not compromise/crack the top layer of wax.

    As long as the finish beneath has dried for a day or two, you can wax it. I apply wax over oils, varnishes, and oil/varnishes frequently the very next day.

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    Pure walnut oil, even when heat-tempered, is a semi-drying oil. I really like the walnut oil finish and use it a lot on utility pieces. As mentioned above it will look less oily in 24 to 48 hours but it will not be completely dry. I consider this an oil finish that the owner will need to know that they will have to 'refresh' from time to time. I do think walnut oil is far more durable than the oils that basically never dry at all like mineral oil, needing a refresh after every washing. I make my own 50/50 mix by weight of beeswax and walnut oil paste and use that after the first oil coat of walnut oil. Beeswax is non-durable too and quite frankly that is the 'goodness' of these two, easy to refresh and no scratches in the finish while leaving the wood looking alive. A 'hard' finish reduces the utility of a bowl, plate or platter limiting its use.

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