What factors normally guide your selection of a topcoat? Appearance,
durability, protection, etc? You should be taking those into account.
As noted by others, Danish oil is used as a complete finish and can
look quite good. It doesn't offer much protection, but some pieces
don't need more.
If you wait for the Danish oil to completely cure, then apply a
washcoat of dewaxed shellac (blond if you don't want to change the
color), you can use whatever topcoat you wish. I use shellac as a
finish coat on anything that I can get away with, since it is easy to
apply (I typically pad it on) and easy to repair and looks good and is
pretty inexpensive (I mix fresh from flakes).
I probably wouldn't use shellac as a topcoat on a table top but I have
used it on a dresser, chairs, etc. and it seems to be holding up
If you want to use a hard finish on top of the oil ,you will only need 1
coat of the oil the get the irradiance affect wait a week or two light sand
with 300 or so then apply top coat .I use Poly top coat .
Can't speak for flat work, but on my turnings, I let the Watco cure for 3 or 4
days and then buff with the Beall system..
In 3 or 4 years, I haven't had bad results yet, IF I let the oil cure..
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