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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 01-08-2011 07:01 AM 3192 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2011 07:01 AM

I was wondering what the proper care methods are for Handsaws. My mother bought be a belated birthday gift, of two(2) back saws. An 8 and a 10.. A Lynx and a Deerfield. I decided I needed a couple handsaws, inorder to start doing actual jointery.

But now the question is: What do I use to protect them from rust. Do I use 3-in-1 Machine Oil? (it says to use oil one the Lynx) Paste Wax? A 20lb Zinc block… lol…

They are no Lie Nielsons by far, but hey, It’ll get me by, until I win the lottery.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 09:57 AM

I was gonna suggest mineral oil but I wanted to check to make
sure it was a good recommendation for saws. Check out this
thread from straight razor obssessionists – some interesting ideas:

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 06:35 PM

I wax the blades. Saws are wall mounted and the teeth are protected.


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#3 posted 01-08-2011 06:54 PM

Last week I was reading LN website and they recommend using a rag with canola oil on their tools

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 07:09 PM

I use Camellia Oil on my saws because the theory is the residue from the blade will not affect any finishes or glue ups. My Dad and the guy who sharpens my saws swear by WD 40.

-- Marc

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 04:18 AM

WD40 will not stop rust, it merely displaces water and lubricates. A friend of mine who is a machinist tested it on freshly machined metal and he had rust starting over night.

-- 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 01-09-2011 04:46 AM

just do as what you do to planes when it comes to rust protection
with the greasebox solution :-)
and if you havn´t read the story then read here

when it comes to sharpening and so on
I will surgest you get the DVD
Hosted by Tom Law
and sold on Lie-Neilsen´s home site

take care

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 04:57 AM

I find that if you use your tools regularly they don’t rust. I have tried various oils etc but they just collect dust when using the tool. Climate likely plays a part. I live near Ottawa Canada and we have humid periods in the summer but the rest of the time it is fairly dry (deep winter extra dry) and that may be a factor in my experience. On the other hand – use em or lose em may have some merit anyway.

A bit tongue in cheek maybe but it works for me!


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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