Kitchen Bench Oil

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A tung oil based finish designed for timber bench tops, tables and other surfaces in need of a hard wearing natural finish.

Kitchen Bench Oil contains natural oils such as tung oil which helps to seal timber and protect it from general wear. Importantly, it will also repel water.  This makes it a great product for kitchen benches, laundry benches and bathroom benches that feature timber tops that may get exposed to water.

This oil contains no lacquer or silicon unlike many products on the market, which means easier maintenance for you and a beautiful natural finish.  It will highlight the nuances of your selected timber and prolong its natural look.

Use For

Kitchen benches, bathroom & laundry benches, cabinetry, butcher blocks, dining tables, window frames

Surface Preparation

Ensure the surface is clean and dry before application. D-limonene (natural citrus solvent) or a turpentine can be used for a vigorous clean. For a lighter clean, you can use an all purpose cleaner. 

If there is any oil, wax, grease, dirt or similar residue on the surface, it may affect the tung oil's ability to cure - so a thorough clean is important.

How to Apply

  1. Rub or brush oil into the timber. Lighter coats are better.
  2. On first coat, let it sit for 5 minutes after applying. Wipe on more oil to areas that become dull, as the oil soaks in.
  3. After 5 more minutes, wipe off any excess oil with another clean cloth and rub it back vigorously.
  4. Follow this procedure for each coat. Note: Some people prefer to wet sand between coats, however this is generally only for timber that is quite porous.
  5. Apply 3 coats.  Best to wait 24 hours between coats (curing time can be up to 30 days). Apply more coats if desired or necessary.
  6. Hang out any rags or soak in water, rather than leaving scrunched up, as there is the potential for combustion.

Dry Time

24 hours to dry between coats. As this is tung oil based, it can take 4 weeks to completely cure. Light usage is however perfectly fine within this time.


This product is built from natural oils, in particular tung oil. This makes for a beautiful natural finish. If you do find the finish gets scratched or damaged, you can simply reapply following the same steps outlined above. There is no need to sand it back as you would have to do with lacquers, varnishes and silicon based products.

For general maintenance and wear, you can assess as you see fit.  We would recommend reapplying a light 1-2 coats every 6-12 months to keep your timber looking fresh!

Clean Up

D-Limonene or mineral turpentine.



Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Kitchen bench oil

Fantastic product!

Peter Derricott
Kitchen Benchtops

It has been 12 months since first applying the oil to our mahogany gum kitchen bench tops (see 27/11/2020) and now almost 12 months of constant use. I have applied 2 additional coats which are very easy to apply. Surface is standing up very well even in the very wet areas around the sink. Turned out to be a good choice.

Vaughan Scott
Bench oil brilliance

I used this on a live edge slab bar top. The finish is sensational. Water beads off and a wonderful shine.

Patrick Spice (ptrc_75)

Kitchen Bench Oil

Kristan Aitchison
It has worked well on old recycled Jarrah

Using old port vats for tables and bench tops tried the Bench oil on a test piece and happy with the out come will use it on the next Bench Top.
The gun wax is brilliant leaves gun oil for dead