|Forum topic by langski93||posted 115 days ago||436 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
115 days ago
I have managed to accumulate a fair number of high quality planes (new and vintage) as well as handsaws and other edge tool in my basement shop in the northeast. A couple years ago I bought a small bottle of Jojoba oil as an alternative to the more expensive Camelia oil. It still was not cheap! I was diligent in using and was quite happy. I recently had to buy more, so I went back to the same health food store and bought a 4 oz bottle of 100% Jojoba. I went through my whole collection and put a thin layer on all tools.
After a few weeks of finishing a project, I had worked on for a while, I started a new project which meant reaching for my planes. I immediatly noticed a gummy substance on the sole of one plane, found it on my others and on all my saws. I keep my tools in an open till, so there was also some dust stuck to them as well. I have been doing this for a while, so I know I did not massively coat the tools. I spent the rest of that session cleaning my tools with a citrus based cleaner and I put another thin dressing on each one. My understanding is that jojoba is not an oil that should firm up, harden or otherwise turn gummy. Not this batch! My tools are all in the same state. Time for another cleaning and coating.
I have a 16oz bottle of machine oil that I use in all of my air tools and sold specifically to prevent corrosion and provide lubrication. Its cheaper then the stuff from the health food store, so does anyone see any problems with going with this alternative?
-- Langski, New Hampshire