Soaking an oilstone

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Forum topic by BobE posted 10-30-2011 08:54 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2011 08:54 PM

I bought a cheap manmade oilstone that isn’t pre filled
Is there a particular method to soaking oil stones?
Is it a one time thing or do I need to repeat it whenever I use the stone?
I’ve heard that norton pre soaks there stones in hot wax, Does anybody know any details about this?

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 09:16 PM

I don’t think soaking is the way to go. You soak waterstones.
Oilstones I don’t know a whole lot about, but I usually use kerosene
or mineral oil as a lubricant with the ones I have. Baby oil works
well. Soapy water sort of works in a pinch too.


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#2 posted 10-30-2011 10:01 PM

Loren is right, Oil stones don’t need to be soaked. I use a mix of diesel fuel and mineral oil. Either one works straight, and I’m sure kerosene would be just as efficient. I use diesel fuel because I have it. I just put it in a spray bottle and add to the stone as needed.

I’ve read that once you use oil, water will not work, but i’ve never tried it.

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 01:29 AM

i use a waterstone, but i see guys at work who have oil stones and all they do is pour a little pnuematic tool oil on top of it to lubricate while they sharpen a chisel. just a few drops so they arent sharpening dry.

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