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12strings

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512 days ago

Could you describe your routine, if any, for wiping, cleaning tools after use? Specifically

1. What do you do most regularly to things like saws and planes that cut wood?

2. How often do you do any sort of cleaning?

3. Is there anything special you would do after using your tools on wet, pressure-treated lumber?

Thanks!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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Brandon

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#1 posted 512 days ago

A lot of people recommend putting camellia oil on their tools:

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/camelliaoilspray240ml.aspx

I haven’t used it yet myself, but I plan on picking up a bottle during my next visit to Highland.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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paratrooper34

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#2 posted 512 days ago

A couple of times a year, before summer and mid-winter, I clean them up by wiping them down and applying some paste wax. That’s it. My shop is in the basement and I have dehumidifiers working full time in the summer so no worries.

I have not and will not touch pressure treated wood with my hand tools. I would use my skill saw only (with appropriate dust protection).

-- Mike

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 512 days ago

I’m a wd40 guy. I buy it by the gallon and spray down stuff routinely. Never had it affect a finish. I think only stuff with silicone will.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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Kreegan

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#4 posted 512 days ago

I use camellia oil on my planes whenever I use them. I have a microfiber towel that’s pretty well soaked in camellia oil at this point. I rub them with it before putting them back on the shelf. For saws I periodically rub some paraffin wax on the saw plate, usually when I notice them starting to bind a bit. Chisels and gouges I don’t really do much to.

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mbs

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#5 posted 512 days ago

I use lacquer thinner and green scotch bright to take the surface spots off then use johnsons paste wax. I do it when the surface gets tacky or I see some surface rust appearing.

I use light oil like 3-1 oil on the threads of the planes.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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jamesicus

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#6 posted 511 days ago

It is so very dry here in the desert that protection against corrosion is normally not necessary. During the summer rainy season I just wipe down my tools after use with a lightly oiled (gun oil) rag.

James

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sikrap

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#7 posted 510 days ago

I also use a rag with Camelia oil. I wipe down my planes and chisels after use. I also take out the iron and CB when I’m done with a project and clean out any remaining shavings/sawdust. If you decide to use Camelia oil, I suggest buying it at your local Asian market rather than Rockler/Highlend etc. Its much less expensive.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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