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Forum topic by Jay Nolet posted 06-10-2013 12:06 AM 1060 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jay Nolet

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06-10-2013 12:06 AM

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Not just oily wood, but wood that has had machine oil soaking in the bottom of a box. A co-worker gave me a box that had a machine head in it for years. It’s 13” by 8” by 6” and has gouges, scrapes, holes and was falling apart. I scraped the finish off and glued the pieces back together. When I sanded, the sandpaper got clogged up, dark areas and shinny. I think the oil had something to do with it as the higher up the box I sanded the less it got clogged. Is there something out there that would break down the oil? Would shellac stick? Water base poly? Heat the box in the wife’s oven for a week to thin the oil and let it drip out of the wood and onto the bottom of the oven? Like that’s ever going to happen!! Any ideas? When I finish the box, I’ll post it in my projects.

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 12:39 AM

Jay, I finish all my wood with boiled linseed oil and then finish it with wipe on poly. It has work on all types of wood so far.I have used this on walnut, cherry , ash, aspen, pine cedar,, beech, maple. The earings I did the other day I coated with boiled linseed oil wil let dry until tomorrow then start with 4 coats of wipe on poly. I prefer wipe on poly over any brush on finish. 1 other thing that bottle goes a long way

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 02:22 AM

I’ve covered up a lot of oily mess with shellac and haven’t had it fail me yet.

Your mileage may vary.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 02:58 AM

I’d scrape off what I could and try shellac.

You might try some sort of kerosene mix as a
degreaser. It’s kind of like wd-40 but cheaper.
I’ve never tried to degrease wood with anything
but detergent like Simple Green and hot water.

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