I’ve made a couple of little stools that I’ve finished in boiled linseed oil. The oil was a necessity as I used reclaimed timber which was already oil-stained.
I’ve never oiled a sitting surface before, and thinking back to my mallets – which can ooze linseed oil when hit for some time after they’ve been treated – it’s just occurred to me that this might be a problem. My concern is that the oil may “leach” into clothes when people sit on the stools; not a problem with my knackered old jeans but I wouldn’t want to ruin someone’s pretty white dress.
If anyone’s used BLO on seats before without any problems I would be grateful for some reassurance. I’m prepared to stick on a coat or two of shellac but would rather not.
Matt, as long as you don’t whack people with the stool like your mallet was whacking tool handles, all should be OK.
Seriously, I would think that if you give the BLO time enough to cure it would not be a problem. As you probably know, BLO is not “boiled”, but has an additive that makes it cure faster than regular linseed oil. I’ve used oil (don’t remember what kind now) on an outdoor bench made of recycled redwood. It’s been a few years now, but I think I let it sit for a while (couple weeks) before using it and never had a problem.
Matt – As long as you don’t put on too heavy a coat and let it dry for a few days it shouldn’t be a problem. I use BLO on many projects and haven’t seen a leaching problem. I do like to leave it sit out in full sun for a day initially to aid penetration and drying (don’t know if you have access to that however).
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