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Wood Cabin Interior: Need to Seal Danish Oil?

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    LESLIE: Sandy in Washington needs some help with a new wood cabin that was just built. How can we help you?

    SANDY: Hi. We put a tongue-and-groove fir and pinewood on both levels of the cabin and on the lower level, we used a white, pickling whitewash.

    TOM: OK.

    SANDY: And the upper level, we used Danish wood stain – wood oil.

    TOM: Danish oil?

    SANDY: Yes.

    TOM: OK.

    SANDY: But we didn’t put a sealer and I’m wondering if we need to do that or do we just leave the wood like that and periodically re-oil or …?

    TOM: This is inside or outside?

    SANDY: It’s inside.

    TOM: Oh, thank goodness. I thought you just told me you put Danish oil on the outside of your house.

    SANDY: No.

    TOM: Alright. No, I mean you don’t have to. You put a – so you put a whitewash, a pickling stain on the bottom and you put Danish oil on the top?

    SANDY: Yes.

    TOM: That’s fine the way it is. There’s really – you’re not protecting it against UV very much. It’s on the inside of the house; it’s climate-controlled. I think that’s a fine finish; I think you can stop right there.

    SANDY: OK, great.

    TOM: Alright?

    SANDY: I like that answer.

    TOM: You like that answer; that works for you.

    SANDY: It’s going to be not so much of a money pit then.

    TOM: Alright. Well thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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