Hard to say without more detail - "Danish oil" is a broad term.
There are "short oil" varnishes and "long oil" varnishes. Both are
made from mixtures of oil + some varnish resin. "Short" use a little
varnish relative to the oil, "long" uses a lot.
Short oil oil varnishes can give excellent results on fine furniture
and have a long historical tradition on high-end work. Long oil
varnishes are more robust, but never achieve the same finish quality.
They have many uses in the workshop, but not on fine furniture. The
typical "Daish oil" you might buy today is deliberately intended as a
long oil varnish for just this sort of work.
If you want short oil varnishes, then they're still available (try
the "Tried & True" range from Lee Valley) but they're quite
specialist. They're intended for authenticity and results, not for
modern levels of easy use! Many people (myself included) working with
short oils are doing it for deliberate repro work of past centuries
work and may even be boiling their own oils etc. It's serious stuff
and far from trivial "tin-opening" work. Read Jeff Jewitt's "Classic
Finishing Techniques" if you want chapter and verse. I spent most of
today boiling up a couple of litres of lead-dried linseed oil - filthy
I'd second that. I'm partway through
Flexner's "Understanding Wood
Finishing:" and I'm cursing myself for
not getting it sooner. The thing he
starts off with is:
You guys are scared of this stuff cause
you don't know it. Once you understand
it, you won't be.
He also debunks a lot of things he
considers myth in the field. Assuming
he's right, just that knowledge is going
to make my job easier.
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