I've got some lovely wood I'm using for some CBG necks and I'm looking at what to use as a finish. I've been using Tung oil on my past builds and have really liked the deep, hard finish it creates - but DANG it takes a long time to dry and with multiple coats, that's at least a week of just finishing. It's been worth it - but we had some remodeling work done in the house recently and the contractor left a can of Danish oil. I'm trying it on my latest build and am curious to see how it turns out, but I'm wondering what folks think as far as one vs. the other?

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Yeah I'm kind of impatient when it comes to finish also. This method works for me and it only takes a couple days. Different woods will have different results. Poplar soaks it in and gives a nice soft shine so you may need more coats depending on how shiny you want it.while oak and other hard woods result in a harder shinier shine with less coats in my experiments. 

Good luck with it Sean. 

Hi Vern, this method is for the impatient builder.

See the photos, I applied a coat of Danish Wax finish and was playing this lap slide reso within half an hour.

Half done......

...and now the full job. Taff

Looks good. There's no finish under the wax? 

You got any of that gray wet/dry sandpaper?  Flip it over and use the paper side like you would the paper bag.  The poor man's micro-fine sandpaper.

Hi Vern, as I explain in the first post on this thread.


Nice but I'll stick with my method.


Tru oil. It is a mix of tung and linseed oil. Apply with fingers 3 coats 3 hours apart. Scuff with 000 steel wool and run fridge magnet over it to remove any steel wool dust. Do another 3 coats and scuff again then do 1 light coat and leave over night.
Get tru oil from gun shop as it is used for oiling gun sticks.
I used it on 25 plus builds and love it.
You can do more coats if you need to fill the grain.

I've been curious about the tru oil and will probably pick some up, give it a shot.

Hi Stew, yes true oil gives a nice finish, I use it on electric guitar necks to give a smooth soft feel to the neck, after removing the lacquer if refinishing on a customers guitar. 

I was going to mention that I feel it is too expensive to do a whole instrument, compared to my Danish wax, the last one I bought was $15.00 for 3 f/oz from a gun shop. I just checked again and find that it is now available from guitar luthiers suppliers at $30.00 for 3 f/oz. 


So having used the Danish Oil on my latest build (though I need to read the can and see, apparently, what it REALLY is...) I have to say that I like how it dries faster, but the finish isn't as nice as the Tung Oil.

Also - is it usual that it has a kind of...fishy...smell?

Hi, here is a bunch of wood finishes, wax's and oils that I have also used, work really well.

I have  used the Hard shellac, the shellac flakes, The ultrashine wax and shellawax cream




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