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hjt

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1094 days ago

Being new to woodworking I’m not familiar with some terminology. So tell me “what is BLO?” I’m going to guess we’re not speaking cocaine. Is this a product or a technique?

-- Harold


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seriousturtle

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#1 posted 1094 days ago

boiled linseed oil.

-- ~the turtle

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Hoakie

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#2 posted 1094 days ago

Boiled Linseed Oil. Often used as a finish for woodworking projects

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 1094 days ago

There is a difference between boiled linseed oil and raw linseed oil as well .. raw linseed oil used as a finish will take a very long time to dry.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 1094 days ago

Barbie Liberation Organization

-- shdesign3.com

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hjt

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#5 posted 1094 days ago

I knew I could count on my fellow LJ’s to steer me right.

Not a joke, actual question… who’s doing the boiling?? Am I buying linseed oil and warming or boiling this, or is this the way the product completes – boiled and ready to use. As I’ve said – I”m new at this. Other than paint or poly, I’ve not used any of this stuff.

-- Harold

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crank49

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#6 posted 1094 days ago

You buy it already boiled.

Except in California; I read somewhere that you could not buy BLO in California.
Probably something to do with VOC.

I think I also read that it is not actually boiled, just processed with some chemical to make it dry better.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Steven H

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#7 posted 1094 days ago

BLO is not boiled but heated with metallic driers added in it.
You can still get BLO in California, there is a big battle going on with AQMD.

-- shdesign3.com

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hjt

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#8 posted 1094 days ago

Autumn – thank for the translation. Steven, as for the metallic driers, are they electric or gas? If gas, should I use propane or natural?? :~)

Just read the link supplied by Hoakie – very informitive. And come to find out… Steven wasn’t pulling my leg. The Wikipedia link describes a “metallic dryer” process.

-- Harold

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#9 posted 1093 days ago

if i remember right , linseed oil stems from the flax seed . you know , the pills we take for heart health!

-- rick

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hjt

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#10 posted 1093 days ago

So Rick, are you suggesting I should rub a little on the board and a little on my chest for a healthy heart??

-- Harold

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#11 posted 1091 days ago

garbage in a can ( sorry :) )

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