A while ago I posted a message about cleaning and taking care of your tools. In that thread MyronW talked about making an oil applicator out of PVC pipe. It sounded like a really good idea and I have been planning to make one for a while now.
Well I finally got about to making something. I think it’s a little different than what MyronW talked about but still made out of pipe fittings you can get at any hardware store.
I used black ABS instead of PVC, but I don’t think it really matters. I was just able to find the parts I wanted in ABS. I used 2” parts for this project, but you could use any size that meets your needs.
I bought: a 2” plug, 2” cleanout adapter and a 2” cap.
For the oil applicator I used several layers of an old sheet and packed it with some pieces of sponge.
I used some of the leftover sponge pieces to fill in the bottom of the applicator.
After I got everything packed in, I made sure that the surface of the applicator was proud of the surface of the ABS fitting. I then gave it a good soak with Camellia Oil.
I then gave it a test drive on a new Shoulder Plane I just purchased. It worked really well. The whole applicator is small and easy to hold. I thought the big square “nut” on the plug was going get in the way, but really hasn’t. Now I have nice oil applicator that will always be on or near my bench.