Found a Problem – Be the Solution
That’s what my Dad said with his life. He took flaws and made them seamless.
In case you missed this response to the last blog on BLO and spontaneous combustion, I thought I would open with it here:
Safety First. I work for the US Park Service and we just had a bulletin come out describing the dangers of Linseed Oil. As a woodworker I already knew the dangers of oil finishes, but the incident happened with a tree crew. After a long week of cutting trees they use a rag to wipe their tools down with Linseed Oil. They did everything right and even laid the rag out flat, outside, and on a flat surface. Just like they always did. Problem was, the table, with a plywood top, had accumulated enough oil over time that the rag still caught fire and nearly burned down there facility. It just proves that even when you do everything right, you still might have an accident.
I always ball my oil rags up and through them away, its just that I through them into a burn barrel so if they burst into flames it doesn’t matter. Still haven’t had one catch fire yet, even balled up. But, when it does it can burn away safely in the barrel.
Very quickly, this is a product I have used for almost 50 years. Today’s on the right, old on the left. Don’t ask me if the oil affects applied finishes after use because my answer is always the same. After using this piece of equipment all of my working life I have never had it affect any finish I ever applied. Silicone on the other hand will cause fisheye because as a contaminant it causes small craters in surface finishes.
Step 1: Eat a small can of beans, tomatoes or similar.
Step 2: Roll up a woven, folded rag so that the rag stands about 1/2″ – 3/4″ above the height of the can and so that it fits tightly inside the can. Make sure the surface stands evenly as possible.
Add more oil each month or as needed. It’s best to allow the oil to seep in before use. Use it on plane soles and sides. It stops chatter much, much more than thick irons do for a fraction of the cost. Don’t believe me? Do one thing. Try it! Also use it on saws and chisels not in use and in use. It will stop rust.