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Forum topic by Ron Aylor posted 05-25-2017 09:20 PM 843 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Aylor

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05-25-2017 09:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spills spill plane oil wick

During the course of my William & Mary Prie Dieu build, I had more than a few folks ask about the ever-present soup cans residing on my workbench. Contrary to popular belief, these cans do not contain french fries, nor pastry. In fact, sitting on my bench is an oil wick and a can of spills created with my spill plane.
 
               
 
The spills, I use for lighting the various candles hanging around the shop. The oil wick, which is nothing more than a shop towel crammed into a soup can and saturated with mineral oil, is used to oil saws and hand planes.
 
Well … there ya go … mystery solved!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.


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Oldtool

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 09:31 PM

Interesting, I’ve seen the rag in a can oiler before, but I just decided go make one myself for rust protection after seeing this. Guess i just had one of those “duh!” moments upon reading your blog.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-25-2017 09:36 PM



Interesting, I ve seen the rag in a can oiler before, but I just decided go make one myself for rust protection after seeing this. Guess i just had one of those “duh!” moments upon reading your blog.

- Oldtool

Not just rust protection, Tom … when planing a board, a quick drag across the wick every five or so strokes makes for easy work!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 05-26-2017 02:11 AM

More power to you friend. I respect the candlepower woodworking but it’s not for me. :)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 05-26-2017 04:19 AM

Paul Sellers also has an “oil can” he uses.

Twas a time, long ago….took a #10 can from the Mess section, formed a spout in the rim. Two holes were punched for a length of “commo” wire. Collected every coffee pack in the squad’s MREs. threw them all into the can and filled it up with water. Squad stove to bring to a boil…..first “batch” was strong enough to either dissolve the plastic spoon, or make it stand up straight in the cup….

Sargeant Coffee…aka Redeye…..( half & half? 1/2 cup of coffee, fill the rest of the way with Jack Daniels)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 05-28-2017 03:25 PM



More power to you friend. I respect the candlepower woodworking but it s not for me. :)

- Rick M

Thanks, Rick. I appreciate your candor. I visited a friends shop a few weeks ago and was actually blinded by all the shop lights … asking, “how can you work in all this light?” LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 05-28-2017 03:26 PM



Paul Sellers also has an “oil can” he uses.

Twas a time, long ago….took a #10 can from the Mess section, formed a spout in the rim. Two holes were punched for a length of “commo” wire. Collected every coffee pack in the squad s MREs. threw them all into the can and filled it up with water. Squad stove to bring to a boil…..first “batch” was strong enough to either dissolve the plastic spoon, or make it stand up straight in the cup….

Sargeant Coffee…aka Redeye…..( half & half? 1/2 cup of coffee, fill the rest of the way with Jack Daniels)

- bandit571

Bandidt … I do believe this  is why I drink tea. LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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