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02-04-2010 08:34 AM

With one of my oilstones it doesn’t seem to matter how much oil I put on it because it just absorbs it right in. I can’t get a slurry going because of it, any suggestions? I have tried useing honing oil and WD40.

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 08:40 AM

I thought they neaded to be stored in oil

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 11:47 PM

I have one like that. I’m curious what kind of oil would be best to soak it in to stop this.

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 02:32 AM

My father (a real carpenter) always used that 3 in 1 oil in a tin can. to keep the stone “wet” he made a wooden case for it that you filled the bottom with oil and it would soak it up.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 06:28 AM

honing oil is simply mineral oil. I used to use 3 in 1 and it certainly works, but not as well. The problem nowadays is finding pure mineral oil without stinky perfume mixed in.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 04:10 PM

Silly question…but are you sure it is an oil stone, not a water stone ?

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 08:07 PM

Pure mineral oil (without stinky perfume mixed in) is available at every pharmacy in the U.S. – and it’s cheap.

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 09:15 PM

Mineral oil is also available at the grocery store, and is about half the cost of the Pharmacy.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 10:00 PM

I use an Arkansas stone, oil does not absorb, in fact you have to wipe it off after use. Gives me a nice edge on my knives and blades. I tried oil and water stones and find they hollow out too soon. I have one Arkansas that is 20 years old and still flat as a board. It gets lots of use. I wouldn’t use anything else.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#9 posted 02-08-2010 11:16 AM

I tried the mineral oil and made a small box like cliffton said and it took care of the problem, but man did it soak in a lot before stabilizing. With my other stones I never had that problem but read that some stones are filled before they are sold, I know thi one must not have been because there was no residue on it at all when I got it. Thanks a lot guys for the input. Jack, what kind of Arkansas stone do you have?? I have a small fine White Arkansas stone that is perfect for my chisels but since it is only about 1 3/4” it is too small for planes. It seems to be that most people really like the Black Arkansas stones, any input??

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 03:04 PM

I use a Smith’s Tri-Stone set up… get’s me to a 1000 grit, which is good enough for what I do… It was around $25 at Lowe’s

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 03:11 PM

Oil stones don’t want slurry, that is for water stones.
Oil stones want the oil to help keep the stone fresh cutting, slurry will clog it.

Natural stones ( arkansas) are much better at not drinking up the lube than man made ones.

You can use almost any oil, I used scented lamp oil, kero and motor oil mixed, 3-in-1, anything. Flush the stone once in awhile with diesel fuel or kero to CLEAN it. A wire brush or toothbrush ( the wife’s not yours) helps keep it from glazing over.

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