Posted by: mrmannerz on Mar-25-13 1:23 PM (EST)
If you've done this, just ignore me.
I've had good experience with oil on my canoe paddles. Mine are one piece, not laminated (and I choose grain pretty carefully since I am hand carving). The first coat of oil (I use boiled linseed) goes on hot. I heat it *outdoors* and then brush it on keeping the wood "shiny wet looking" for a half hour or longer. I wipe it down after a few hours. The next day, I wipe a coat on with steel wool or a rag. The hot app really does make a difference in getting the oil to penetrate into the wood. For the first several uses, I wipe oil on after each use, afterwards less often.
heat the oil outdoors - it is flammable, of course
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