Excuse me if I’m repeating myself, RE: the use of Paraffin wax. I used the same method asthe oil can. Just infused the material with heated wax. Works fine for me, with the benefit, that it is easier to locate on the bench than a stick of paraffin. Cheers Peter
I live in sunny California (right now it’s night though) and paraffin wax doesn’t do much good to me due to the heat. But often I just use it to take a moment to relax 😉 catch a breath and move on to planing again. Rag in a can Oiler is great as you said. I even use it to lubricate the table saw and other “power” tools. In the old days I believe Saturday was machine piling day. I do that occasionally.
FWIW… Have made three of Paul’s rag/oil cans. I used soft flannel cloth for two of them and they work as advertised. Then I used a harder denim-like fabric for the third one. This one does not freely wick the oil onto the metal. I’m sure that the harder cloth is the reason.