And that is odd in what way?
Danish oil, if you want to get ridiculously technical, is a very very very
very long oil varnish. That is, it is NOT meant as a building surface finish
and the amount of varnish type resins is so small that it is absorbed into
the wood cells along with the oil.
Since the largest, by far, component of Danish oil is, hopefully tung oil
but could be a reconstituted vegetable oil, you still get the look of an oil
finish with a small modicum of extra protection that is provided by the
varnish type resins along with better sheen with fewer coats then a non
resin containing oil will give you.
Try to build a Danish oil finish and you'll end up with a mess that makes a
spar varnish, a higher ration oil to resin VARNISH, with no very's , for
flexibility, look like a finish of diamonds.
That is why it is called a Danish OIL, not a Danish VARNISH. The name is
also, certainly unintentionally, an excellent guide to newbies, who bother
to give the matter a few seconds of thought, a guide as to what to expect
from the finish..
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