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I have a few quick questions when soaking newly sanded vintage handles in BLO.
  1. How long do you soak them?
  2. Do you thin the BLO with mineral spirits?
  3. Do you finish with poly, lacquer, shellac, paste-wax?

What do you think is the best option, for saw totes/handles, chisels, screw drivers, plane knobs and totes, etc? And of course why?
 

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1, I don't typically soak unless they are really dry and bad. Over night usually does it.
2. not usually if soaking, but often when just wiping on.
3. it depend on the tool, its use, its purpose and my mood. A tool like a jointer plane that you plan to use can be left just BLO. ( I did this a lot with rifle stocks) then coat once in a while, but the oil from your hands will leave a patina. I love that look, but it an take years to produce.
 
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