Re: [MedievalSawdust] Boiled linseed oil
- hence why i said ring out and fold open to dry. in such a condition
you wont have such issues, its just piled up and wadded up, staying
wet and getting warmer, that does it.
On Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 2:42 PM, <conradh@...> wrote:
> On Tue, October 21, 2008 9:41 am, leaking pen wrote:
>> Loose weave white muslin cloth in 1 foot by 6 in strips, folded over.
>> apply oil to cloth, cloth to wood. You can reuse the cloth a few times,
>> just wring it out and fold open to dry. when it gets saturated, it makes
>> a great buffing cloth for after you apply the oil.
> Please do _not_ save any rag with linseed oil on it, ever! It is the
> single oil "most likely to succeed" in spontaneous combustion fires!
> Innumerable shops and houses burned down from rags left by painters and
> woodfinishers in the days when linseed oil was the base for most finishes,
> and tradition-minded craftspeople can have very traditional housefires if
> they don't follow the basic precautions.
> It's particularly bad if the rags are in a pile or folded/wadded up.
> Safety-minded painters used to have cans of water on the job site, and
> oily rags were stuffed in there until they could be disposed of. At my
> shop, I use rags that are clean but that I don't care about (of which most
> houses have plenty, if yours doesn't just ask three friends). I use the
> rag to oil whatever needs it, then to go over any tool handles or other
> wood that looks thirsty, and then the rag goes out onto the coal in my
> forge, where it won't matter if it lights off. Or, this time of year,
> straight into one of the woodstoves. A fireplace, barbeque, or any other
> spot set up for fire is OK too.
> Please stay safe around linseed oil. It's the oil that gave "oily rags"
> their bad reputation. It's a fine finish for wood, though--I usually use
> it mixed with turpentine, and a trace of beeswax, but it's good just by
> itself too.