Boards. #2: What oil?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 10-22-2011 10:14 PM 2084 reads 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For years I used a special oil… Organoil WoodWipe… and then I discovered that the Mineral Oil touted in American blogs was available here as Paraffin Oil… the medical type found in Chemists… they both worked well…but cost between AU$24 and AU$48 per litre…[1 quart]
Then Ken from Kenscraft put me onto Grape Seed Oil...
Only AU$9 for the same amount…and readily available at any supermarket…

I tried it and I liked it… it works great, absorbs well, dries fairly swiftly and make the colours of my boards pop… It does not go rancid as some vegetable oils can and I can use it in the kitchen… read I can get it from the kitchen when I run out in the workshop LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 10:21 PM

Thanks for the tip, I think I will raid the kitchen today…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 10:28 PM

Well I’ll be…

The Mineral Oil I buy is really cheap… don’t remember exactly… but very inexpensive…

Your price must contain SHIPPING from USA to Australia !!

I searched for it and found this.

Thank you Larry…

Will have to try it… I think it costs more that Mineral Oil! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 10:29 PM

So I raided the kitchen, and there was a partial large bottle that had been pushed to the back because it was old. I purloined it and spirited it forthwith to my finishing products shelf…..right next to my Watco stash…and anybody who knows me, understands I have a large stash as well as stock in the company (don’t know that for sure, but I bet somewhere in the retirement funds I own some of the company)........(-:

... so now the bottle is proudly residing amongst the big guns for finishing in the shop. I swear I saw that grapeseed oil bottle smile….....(-:

Have a good one…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 10:35 PM

Cool. Sounds good.
Have to give it a try.

Thanks for the info,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 10:43 PM

Thanks for the tip Larry. I don’t think Mineral Oil is anywhere near that spendy here in the US in a drug store. I got some a while back to soften beeswax, I don’t remember in costing enough to get my attention ;-) Always good to have options!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 10:59 PM

When I quoted 24 dollars a litre… I extrapolated… over 6 bucks for 250 ml…5 oz bottle. While this does not seem much if you are doing only a few boards… over a larger amount price does come into the equation…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 11:22 PM

Geez Larry, Have you ever tried using Fosters?
Sounds like you have stumbled on a good thing.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks for the update. I will give it a try. I just bought some Emu oil, I wonder if it would be food safe. I will have to test it.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 11:36 PM

Thanks for the tip.
Is it a drying oil like walnut oil or non-drying like mineral oil?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 12:10 AM

I get my Mineral Oil from a place like Wal-Mart.

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 12:13 AM

Emu oil ? Hah ! You can just use the feathers to whisk it dry ? or the shells to polish the final coat..?
(but seriously..if we have grape seed oil..Emu oil..?)


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 12:17 AM

Now that’s information worth knowing – especially for us down under for whom mineral oil is not an every day product. Thanks Larry.

Mind you, I did recently see mineral oil (also labelled as dry cleaning fluid) available in the local Bunnings Warehouse. Not sure whether that is quite the same though.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#13 posted 10-23-2011 01:02 AM

well i got curious and rubbed some under my arms …made my arm pit hairs POP,,,,ehhh when you get old them hairs start to disappear, so…make em POP…my wife also says i have this grape Oder sorta now…its made me a bit fruity…sounds English eh roger….....with my pinky extended….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 01:17 AM

Griz.. Don’t wanna go there with poping hairs….


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 03:04 AM

Interesting!! I had been using Walnut & Tung Oil at $48USD a Gallon. But I was able to find Grape Seed Oil for $22USD! Can even get free shipping if I buy enough! My question is, does it dry hard like Tung Oil and seal or does it stay moist like Mineral Oil?

After some thorough research into cutting board finishes I found that Mineral Oil is not really the best. I prefer a hard finish like Tung Oil. Some of the studies I have read suggest that a hard finish is less likely to harbor bacteria. Hopefully that doesn’t bring out the Mineral Oil fanatics, some folks have a very personal attachment to it ;)

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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