LumberJocks

Boards. #2: What oil?

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by degoose posted 10-22-2011 10:14 PM 1418 reads 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Buried Treasure.... Part 2 of Boards. series Part 3: 10 Cheese boards... »

For years I used a special oil… Organoil WoodWipe… and then I discovered that the Mineral Oil touted in American blogs was available here as Paraffin Oil… the medical type found in Chemists… they both worked well…but cost between AU$24 and AU$48 per litre…[1 quart]
Then Ken from Kenscraft put me onto Grape Seed Oil...
Only AU$9 for the same amount…and readily available at any supermarket…

I tried it and I liked it… it works great, absorbs well, dries fairly swiftly and make the colours of my boards pop… It does not go rancid as some vegetable oils can and I can use it in the kitchen… read I can get it from the kitchen when I run out in the workshop LOL

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



24 comments so far

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3661 posts in 1819 days


#1 posted 10-22-2011 10:21 PM

Thanks for the tip, I think I will raid the kitchen today…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

7721 posts in 2707 days


#2 posted 10-22-2011 10:28 PM

Well I’ll be…

The Mineral Oil I buy is really cheap… don’t remember exactly… but very inexpensive…

Your price must contain SHIPPING from USA to Australia !!

I searched for it and found this.

Thank you Larry…

Will have to try it… I think it costs more that Mineral Oil! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

View Jim Bertelson's profile

Jim Bertelson

3661 posts in 1819 days


#3 posted 10-22-2011 10:29 PM

So I raided the kitchen, and there was a partial large bottle that had been pushed to the back because it was old. I purloined it and spirited it forthwith to my finishing products shelf…..right next to my Watco stash…and anybody who knows me, understands I have a large stash as well as stock in the company (don’t know that for sure, but I bet somewhere in the retirement funds I own some of the company)........(-:

... so now the bottle is proudly residing amongst the big guns for finishing in the shop. I swear I saw that grapeseed oil bottle smile….....(-:

Have a good one…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

View SPalm's profile

SPalm

4813 posts in 2537 days


#4 posted 10-22-2011 10:35 PM

Cool. Sounds good.
Have to give it a try.

Thanks for the info,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

14750 posts in 2331 days


#5 posted 10-22-2011 10:43 PM

Thanks for the tip Larry. I don’t think Mineral Oil is anywhere near that spendy here in the US in a drug store. I got some a while back to soften beeswax, I don’t remember in costing enough to get my attention ;-) Always good to have options!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View degoose's profile

degoose

7012 posts in 2009 days


#6 posted 10-22-2011 10:59 PM

When I quoted 24 dollars a litre… I extrapolated… over 6 bucks for 250 ml…5 oz bottle. While this does not seem much if you are doing only a few boards… over a larger amount price does come into the equation…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

View Roger Clark aka Rex's profile

Roger Clark aka Rex

6940 posts in 2089 days


#7 posted 10-22-2011 11:22 PM

Geez Larry, Have you ever tried using Fosters?
Sounds like you have stumbled on a good thing.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

View amagineer's profile

amagineer

1385 posts in 1252 days


#8 posted 10-22-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks for the update. I will give it a try. I just bought some Emu oil, I wonder if it would be food safe. I will have to test it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

View SASmith               's profile

SASmith

1590 posts in 1642 days


#9 posted 10-22-2011 11:36 PM

Thanks for the tip.
Is it a drying oil like walnut oil or non-drying like mineral oil?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13341 posts in 2328 days


#10 posted 10-23-2011 12:10 AM

I get my Mineral Oil from a place like Wal-Mart.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View racerglen's profile

racerglen

2303 posts in 1435 days


#11 posted 10-23-2011 12:13 AM

Emu oil ? Hah ! You can just use the feathers to whisk it dry ? or the shells to polish the final coat..?
(but seriously..if we have grape seed oil..Emu oil..?)

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

View Tootles's profile

Tootles

704 posts in 1156 days


#12 posted 10-23-2011 12:17 AM

Now that’s information worth knowing – especially for us down under for whom mineral oil is not an every day product. Thanks Larry.

Mind you, I did recently see mineral oil (also labelled as dry cleaning fluid) available in the local Bunnings Warehouse. Not sure whether that is quite the same though.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

View grizzman's profile

grizzman

7011 posts in 1958 days


#13 posted 10-23-2011 01:02 AM

well i got curious and rubbed some under my arms …made my arm pit hairs POP,,,,ehhh when you get old them hairs start to disappear, so…make em POP…my wife also says i have this grape Oder sorta now…its made me a bit fruity…sounds English eh roger….....with my pinky extended….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

View racerglen's profile

racerglen

2303 posts in 1435 days


#14 posted 10-23-2011 01:17 AM

OOOhhh..
Griz.. Don’t wanna go there with poping hairs….

;-]\\

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

View ChrisCrafts's profile

ChrisCrafts

105 posts in 1240 days


#15 posted 10-23-2011 03:04 AM

Interesting!! I had been using Walnut & Tung Oil at $48USD a Gallon. But I was able to find Grape Seed Oil for $22USD! Can even get free shipping if I buy enough! My question is, does it dry hard like Tung Oil and seal or does it stay moist like Mineral Oil?

After some thorough research into cutting board finishes I found that Mineral Oil is not really the best. I prefer a hard finish like Tung Oil. Some of the studies I have read suggest that a hard finish is less likely to harbor bacteria. Hopefully that doesn’t bring out the Mineral Oil fanatics, some folks have a very personal attachment to it ;)

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

showing 1 through 15 of 24 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase