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  • #338271
    Harvey Kimsey
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    My latest contribution to my shop is my version of Paul’s oiled rag, rolled up and placed in a tin can. My version is inspired by Andy Warhol as well! Now, to some this might seem like a trivial addition to have as a topic on this forum, but I disagree. For years, I had used paraffin to lubricate plane bottoms. That works well but it takes two hands. With the rag in a can, you just swipe the plane across the oiled rag with one easy motion. For saws, I had tried numerous times to lubricate the saw plate with paraffin but the results were never very good. With the oiled rag method, it’s like magic! A binding saw becomes very easy to use.

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    #338329
    deanbecker
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    Good greif. That will never work. You need to use a bean can
    But your heart is in the right place
    Is it tippy when dragging a plane over it? Just curious. I used a spray can lid and it isnt heavy enough to use one handed. Them short brit cans are tough to find just anywhere around here 🙂

    #338432
    David B
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    I discovered that a cat food can is a good size—a tad in the small side but nice and shallow.

    #338599
    Derek Long
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    Any can works fine.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #338981
    Alan
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    A ‘Souped-Up Version’ eh?

    You get neat fitted lids with Brasso/Silvo/Duraglit cans and screw-on lids with Illy Coffee cans.
    Keeps the dust & dirt out, slows evaporation, and makes them ideal for toolboxes.

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    #339023
    Ed
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    @alan141 I like that approach too. I used a lidded tin with a bit of foam in it and wetted it with a bit of camelia oil. It requires very little room and doesn’t make a mess in the toolbox. Some candy tins would be about this size. It would be better if this particular lid were a bit deeper so that the foam could stand above the base more. It’s best if there are detents or something to make the lid positively stay on, but perhaps that isn’t essential.

    I do like the Tomato Soup can, though! That’s excellent.

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    #339050
    Larry Geib
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    For my finer tools, I use only Waterford. My butler changes the jojoba oil daily.

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    #339071
    Alan
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    While I’m reminded of food storage tins in toolboxes; these Vanilla Pod Tubes from supermarkets are great for storing Junior Hacksaw Blades. Mine were often getting bent. Now they stay straight, and have a lovely vanilla smell when I get a new blade!

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    #340078
    btyreman
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    I store my oil rag in a can of whoopass, I’ve tried them all heinz baked beans, campbells soup, golden syrup, and whoopass is by far the most effective one

    #366980
    roofusson
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    Paul’s oil can is grand. Just to find out it’s boundarys. I made a near identical can and rag, but filled it with heated paraffin wax. Have had good results, cheers Peter

    #368187
    Alan
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    Would the Paraffin Wax wick up to the top as you use it?

    #368201
    Dave Walker
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    Enhance your rusty cans with a tidy label:

    Oiler-Label

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    #368474
    Eric Lundholm
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    Americans can get Brittish bean cans at in the international section of Kroger stores. or just walk through the canned food section and find one that you like. Even if you have to throw the food out the tin will last for 30 years or more.

    #368701
    Ed
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    Not to start a war over this, but if food is to be thrown away, surely Americans would use Boston beans, eh?

    #368881
    Derek Long
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    We only throw away Boston tea.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

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