My father did a lot of wood working in his day, and used a mixture of equal parts of boiled linseed oil, turpentine, and something else for cleaning/refinishing wood.
I have used it before with a very fine steel wool and it really rejuvenated the wood. I can't remember what the "something else" was, and with his Alzheimers, my father doesn't remember either. Heck, I'm not even sure if it was mineral spirits instead of turpentine, but I think I'll recognize the "recipe" if someone triggers my memory with some suggestions.
I know some of you folks know what this is. Can anyone help me out with some suggestions to trigger my memory?
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Linseed oil varnish|
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-01-09 10:06 AM (EST)
My recipe is 2/3 linseed oil, 1/3 turps, and a capful of Japan Drier per quart or so.
boiled linseed oil & turpentine|
Posted by: Gandalf on Jun-01-09 10:37 AM (EST)
I - and many others - use a mixture of boiled linseed oil (never raw linseed oil), mineral spirits, and a urethane varnish. I suspect that any varnish would do but we use polyurethanes. Clean the wood well and sand it smooth (but not with such a high grit paper that you close the pores). Flood the wood with the finish mixture. Wait a few minutes (5 to 10?) to wait for the wood to absorb the finish - but not so long that it has set. Wipe off any finish that remains liquid on the top. Then repeat the process. I usually do 3 applications. Then, wax it and buff it. What are you in the process of - or thinking about - finishing or re-finishing? I've used the process on everything from furniture to rifle stocks to carved figures.
not urethane or varnish|
Posted by: TexasLady on Jun-01-09 10:49 AM (EST)
My dad used this mixture to clean furniture. He probably also used it on gun stocks, but I don't remember. I'm mostly just cleaning the wood. The particular item I want to use it on is an antique walnut bed. It is not varnished and not painted. It is a natural walnut. I have used it on furniture before. It cleaned it up, conditioned the wood, and looked wonderful. I am not varnishing or putting anything on after using the boiled linseed oil mixture.
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-01-09 3:53 PM (EST)
The traditional oil finish for furniture is turps, boiled linseed (and sometimes a drying agent to help it cure a bit).
Posted by: tktoo on Jun-01-09 7:34 PM (EST)
and comes with its own set of cautions, but your are correct that it is widely used by conservators and restorers to clean a variety of objects and artifacts.
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-01-09 9:16 PM (EST)
I was marvelling at the fact that I could still remember that name, but I guess my self-satisfaction was premature. :)
the third ingredient might be vinegar|
Posted by: TexasLady on Jun-01-09 10:53 AM (EST)
It might be equal parts of boiled linseed oil, vinegar, and either turpentine or mineral spirits...
might be vinegar|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-01-09 11:09 AM (EST)
Vinegar is sometimes added to a mixture of 1/3 turpentine 2/3 boiled linseed oil as a fungicide.
Oil & Vinegar do not mix.|
Posted by: cockneykayaker on Jun-01-09 1:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-01-09 3:10 PM (EST)
I have not done it, and it is true that vinegar and oil are immiscible liquids, but I believe the people who recommend this add only a small amount of vinegar to a 1:2 mix of turpentine and linseed oil and suspend it to form an emulsion.
Posted by: Jsaults on Jun-01-09 2:13 PM (EST)
I have used a mix of linseed, tung, & turp for wood treatment.
Posted by: jackl on Jun-01-09 7:20 PM (EST)
But I don't mix them.
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-01-09 7:34 PM (EST)
I have heard that Tung Oil is very durable but can get gummy and hard if applied too thickly. Any trick to applying it?
Use a soft cloth|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-02-09 5:37 AM (EST)
to apply it and then let it dry a bit before gently rubbing it in.
Careful with that stuff|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-01-09 2:56 PM (EST)
A buddy of mine's house burned down when he forgot to dispose of some cotton rags soaked in linseed oil after a project in the garage.
That's true for any oily rags|
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-01-09 3:07 PM (EST)
Same for Watco oil, Deks Olje, Teak oil, Tung oil, etc.
How DO you dispose of them|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-01-09 7:45 PM (EST)
I left my rags on gravel and they got rained on(not that it affects the oil in any way) and on garbage night threw the thing in the can and put the can by the street.
Posted by: pblanc on Jun-01-09 7:49 PM (EST)
pretty much what I do.
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-01-09 10:42 PM (EST)
The important thing is that they are not balled up. If they're balled up, the decomposition of the oil gives off heat, and in a tight wad all that heat can accumulate to the point that it ignites the fumes. But if the rag is hung or laid out flat, any heat generated will just disipate harmlessly.
I just get it over with and burn 'em|
Posted by: tktoo on Jun-02-09 10:11 AM (EST)
as soon as I'm done with them. I toss them into a Weber chimney charcoal starter in the driveway and light them.
vinegar recipe and procedure|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Jun-01-09 7:45 PM (EST)
I found my own recipe in 2002 archives!|
Posted by: TexasLady on Jun-01-09 8:04 PM (EST)
I thought maybe I had posted the recipe before and did a search. I didn't know the archives went back as far as 2002, but I found it. It's kind of poignant to me because I talk about my father's recipe and his woodworking. He was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2005 and although he is doing well, the disease is progressing and he doesn't remember the fine woodworking he did, or how he did it. He used to make musical instruments, knives, furniture, anything you described to him, he could make it. He was in great demand for his exquisite work on gun stocks. He even made a set of delicate doll furniture for me when I was a child. All of these things were done "in his spare time," after his long day was finished at the refinery, and after working in the garden or around the house. Working with his hands was an integral part of his very being, but he doesn't remember those things now. Of course, I've used the recipe and couldn't remember it, either. :-)
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Jun-01-09 10:13 PM (EST)
Also notice that your recipe is the same as what I posted above.
Posted by: TexasLady on Jun-01-09 11:31 PM (EST)
I was a little surprised at how many formulas are out there. I just couldn't remember which one was "mine." :-)
Posted by: old_user on Jun-02-09 1:54 AM (EST)
Just don't use the mixture on your kayak, specially inside where access is difficult. Linseed oil tends to mold and up in the ends of the yak is impossible to remove.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-02-09 3:32 PM (EST)
The traditional mix for old time wooden boatbuilders was linseed oil, turpentine and pine tar. It has a wonderful smell and does a great job.
boatbuilders mix with pine tar|
Posted by: ret603 on Jun-02-09 8:09 PM (EST)
The mix with pine tar was used inside workboats. It works very well to preserve the wood. It also turns the inside of the boat brown/black over time.
The varnish that gives you 110%! ;)|
Posted by: NateHanson on Jun-03-09 10:03 AM (EST)
I use it too|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-07-09 9:25 PM (EST)
Carl's Paddlin in Madison WI used to sell it but I think they had to stop - not sure why.
linseed oil +turpentine + beeswax ??|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-27-11 11:33 AM (EST)
boiled linseed oil + turpentine + ???|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-10-11 2:15 PM (EST)
How about: "Mary Roalman finish ... consists of equal parts of boiled linseed oil, turpentine, and natural varnish." http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/guide-to-furniture-finishes-ga6.htm
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Posted by: Anita on Jun-24-12 4:08 PM (EST)
I have used the combination of equal parts turpentine, linseed oil and mineral spirits to rejuvenate wooden rockers and my kitchen cabinets. It works great! It was dry in a few days and really brings out the wood grain. Good Luck!