Help! Routing after applying BLO?

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Forum topic by FaTToaD posted 09-22-2010 09:38 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2010 09:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: blo linseed box finish router round over chamfer question redwood damange fix finishing

When I went home today for lunch today, I found one of my redwood boxes had fallen off my bench, I have no idea how, but two of the corners where dented enough I don’t think I’ll be able to sand it out. Yesterday the box recieved three good coats of heated BLO. I’m thinking a small round over bit or a small chamfer will clean up the edges that where dented, but is there any issues with running this across the router after applying the BLO? It’s fairly dry since it’s been close to 16 hours since I applied the oil and there’s hardly any humidity here.

Anyone out there have in ideas, concerns, or comments on routing a piece after applying BLO??? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks.

-- David

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#1 posted 09-22-2010 09:46 PM

Can’t see a problem. As long as it’s dry. If there accumulates some residue, mineral spirits will clean the bit.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 09:47 PM

shouldn’t have any issues routing it, BLO does not create a film, its absorbed in the wood itself and is left soft. if it also dried, then you wouldn’t have any oil splattering around… I see no reason to think twice here. I milled and machined several pieces after being treated with BLO and mineral oil (my workbench recently was reworked a bit to have a wagon vice installed which was previously treated with 3 coats of BLO)

thats also why I like BLO, it leaves the wood feel and warmth – soft and forgiving.

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

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#3 posted 09-23-2010 07:11 PM

Thanks for the advice, I went home yesterday and rounded over the edges with a 1/4” round over bit and it worked just fine. The BLO was fairly dry so it didn’t leave much residue on the router bit. After that I did a light sanding and applied a couple more coats of BLO to even everything out and it looks great!


-- David

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