Saw lubricant

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    I notice Paul has a can filled with oil-soaked rags that he uses to lubricate his saw and planes. What kind of oil is this? Would mineral oil work? Does it stain the wood so that finishing is compromised?


    He uses 3in1 oil. I don’t know much about mineral oil, but I would imagine it would work fine.


    He uses regular 3in1 oil. Using this way of application means there’s very little actually on the saw/plane and so translates to next to nothing on the actual workpiece. I’ve never had any problems with finishing, and it definitely seems better than using a wax. Also, where you’re using a chisel, quickly give the back a quick swipe.


    I use mineral oil, well actually baby oil (mineral oil +fragrance) as bottles of straight mineral oil seem to be a lot more expensive in my area. Works great! no issues so far, very readily available…baby smell starts to disappear from the rags in a few weeks.

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    Thanks for the help. I’ll try mineral oil because I have some.

    Joel Finkel

    Don’t use any drying oil, such as linseed or tung. The oxidation they undergo makes then susceptible to spontaneous combustion.

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