Boiled Linseed Oil #1: Boiled Linseed Oil

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Blog entry by falegniam posted 08-15-2010 07:01 AM 2669 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this bit of helpful information in a magazine, and just wanted to share.

Dip a rag in a container of boiled Linseed Oil, and wipe it onto a sanded tool handle (shovel handle was shown).
Let the oil soak in for a few minutes. The wipe it off the excess with a dry rag.

I haven’t tried this, but I’m thinking it might work on cutting boards, and butcher blocks as well.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 07:39 AM

That was in this months Family Handyman magazine. It said to restore old wooden handled yard tools, sand w/220 then wipe with BLO.

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 08:13 AM

Is BLO food safe? I would find out about that prior to using on a butcher block.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 08:40 AM

I’ve always used mineral oil on butcher block.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 09:04 AM

I believe BLO is food safe after it fully cures, which can take a while depending on the drying conditions. Salad bowl finish is just an oil/wiping varnish, and is said to be food safe in 72 hours – I believe the oil component of that is just BLO.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 09:55 AM

I don’t think I would use it on cutting boards as mineral oil is a much better option. I have used it on tool handles for years. Usually don’t sand as they are dry and smooth already. BLO also is good for making sticks reslient as in muzzle loading ramrods :-))

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

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 10:16 AM

I have used BLO for years on everything from fine furniture to sculpture to boxes. I have used it on cutting boards but normally do those with sunflower or olive oil. I wrote a comprehensive piece on BLO not so long ago on my local blog.

If you are interested, check it out at :

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 10:40 AM

Interesting:-) I never thought of linseed oil as a fine finish. Guess I saw too much of it used for rough work n the farm growing up :-))

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

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 05:12 PM

i thought BLO contains metallic dryers. I’m far from an expert. I just don’t think this is a product to add to a food surface. I could be wrong though.

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 05:13 PM

most BLO finishes has metallic dryers in it thus not a real BLO, however if fully cured it is food safe. I use mineral oil or salad bowl finish. one thing i did recently is mixed equal parts wiping poly and BLO and wiped on a table i made it was really a nice finish.

-- Got Wood?

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 05:51 AM

I wouldn’t use it for food related items, although I love it as a finish or one component of a finish for other woodworking projects. ALWAYS remember to properly dispose of the BLO rags, or you will (not might…will) have a real fire hazard.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#11 posted 08-22-2010 04:36 PM

My father, and his father used BLO on wood handles for years. Another thing to do with severely dry handles is put them to soak in some pvc pipe, I made a short three foot piece with a screw top on one end. I have not nor would ever use BLO on wood for the kitchen as I understand it can take up to 6 months to cure and I don’t have patience for that. Always use mineral oil myself, get it cheap in the pharmacy section. Stay away from olive oil as it turns rancid. Sometimes I mix beeswax with mineral oil, it’s a beautiful shine!

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#12 posted 08-22-2010 04:58 PM

BLO is my go-to finish for shop furniture and tool handles, but for cutting boards I use minural oil which is food safe from the get-go so I Don’t have one less thing to worry about.

I love BLO. easy to apply, good protection from moisture, and brings out the warmth in the wood.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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