Oil the table - is this advisable?

Oiled wooden tables are nothing new - but valued for centuries. What are the advantages and disadvantages of oiling a table, which oils should be used, and how to proceed correctly when oiling, read in this post.

Oils as protection

Unlike painting or painting a table, oiling does not form a surface layer. Wood oils penetrate a piece into the wood, and lay around the individual wood fibers.

The oil then dries and becomes viscoplastic. This provides valuable protection for the wood itself. But oils also have other effects:

  • the wood grain is clearly visible (especially desirable with beautifully grained pieces)
  • The refurbishment of the table will be much easier later
  • the wooden surface feels pleasant (much more pleasant than, for example, a lacquered table)

Which tables can be oiled?

Oiling is only possible with oiled or raw wood. From the factory, wooden tables usually come with a paint finish, as this is much cheaper to produce and can be automated. For waxed tables, oiling is usually not possible because the wax layer is difficult to remove completely.

After a thorough sanding of the table to raw wood but you could theoretically perform an oil treatment. The effort is very high, and the result is not always perfect.

Oils for the wood

Essential oils are always required for oiling, which in fact harden tough and elastic. This only applies to a few oils. The best known are:

  • linseed oil
  • Linseed oil varnish (boiled linseed oil)
  • walnut oil
  • Tung oil

It is important when buying that you always make sure that the wood oil for the respective wood is actually suitable. Some oils contain substances that do not tolerate every type of wood. The optical effects can also be different.

Special wood oils

Wood oils can have very special additional functions. What types of oils are there, and what to look for and what you should know, we have summarized in this article.

Smell of wood oil

Each wood oil has, according to its composition, also different odor intensity. Linseed oil-based wood oils have a rather strong odor, but usually vanishes quickly. Tung oil-based products tend to smell slightly fishy, ​​and the smell can last much longer.

Pickling and oils

Basically, it is not recommended to oil after pickling. For most stains wood fibers are formed after treatment, the surface becomes rough. In the case of water pickling this is very much the case (in spite of watering), a little less in the case of the somewhat less common spirit pickles. The subsequent oiling then no longer produces a smooth surface.

Tips & Tricks

The oil itself is very simple: wood oil is applied until the wood has been soaked, with a soft cloth, the remnants are removed. This should be repeated 2 - 3 times.

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