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Almost any organic solvent will remove the wax. Mineral spirits (paint thinner) or naphtha are good choices, rubbed with very fine steel wool.

Danish oil should work OK over the tung oil. Danish oil is a drying oil (tung or linseed, I think) mixed with a more durable varnish.

Products marketed as tung oil "finishes" (as opposed to pure tung oil) are usually tung oil mixed with a varnish.

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Thank you sir. Your advice is most appreciated. I'm trying out some Danish oil on a scrap piece now. It looks nice. It lacks the gloss of Tung oil but looks much more natural. I like it.

Since I want to use this table as our primary dining table, what do you recommend I finish it with? I'd like something durable that can resist moderate heat and spills, chemical cleaners and soaps... Is there such a thing?

My experience working with Polyurethane has been marginal. I tried the spray and didn't like the blotches, and grainy texture (probably my inexperience in spraying?). I also tried the brush on and didn't like the brush streaks and run-offs. However, I just noticed that Polyurethane is available in a "wipe-on" version in several finishes. What do you think about that over the Danish oil finish? Should I consider something else?
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If you don't like the look of polyurethane there's always lacquer. There's shellac too.
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My experience working with Polyurethane has been marginal. I tried the spray and didn't like the blotches, and grainy texture (probably my inexperience in spraying?). I also tried the brush on and didn't like the brush streaks and run-offs. However, I just noticed that Polyurethane is available in a "wipe-on" version in several finishes. What do you think about that over the Danish oil finish? Should I consider something else?
Some brush-on varnishes can be sanded and polished to get rid of the brush marks, but it's a laborious process that takes some experience. Also, typical polyurethane doesn't respond well to that process.

If you don't have spray equipment and don't want brush marks, probably a wipe on is best. You should try it on a scrap, but I expect that a wipe-on poly would work OK over cured danish oil.

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