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finishing wood with vegetable oil?
Feb 26th, 2010 at 10:51am
 
can you give wood an oil finish with cooking grade vegetable oil? i think you probably can, but it might rancid or something.... you guys (and gals) can probably see i'm incompetent with wood working lol.
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Re: finishing wood with vegetable oil?
Reply #1 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 11:06am
 
kid, i know a lot of bow makers who regularly oil their bows with vegetable (usually corn or olive) oil. it isn't to give the wood a finish so much as to keep it supple and from drying out. an easy way to give most woods a simple finish is burnishing. that's where you rub the surface with something smooth and hard, like glass or a very smooth stone. this compacts the outer grain and leaves a shiny surface. real oil finishes like tung oil and linseed oil have other ingredients in them than just oil. with tung oil, you apply a coat, let dry for ten minutes, then wipe off the sticky excess and buff.
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Reply #2 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 5:12pm
 
I addition to what Paleo said, an oil finish is usually something that will soak in a little and then dry leaving the top of the wood with a protective shell of finish. Vegetable oil will not dry, but does prevent weathering, warping, and cracking. You may want to buy Linseed oil (natural but high effort), varnish/clear coat (synthetic and harmful fumes), or burnish (most labor intensive, but costs nothing) like Paleo said.
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Re: finishing wood with vegetable oil?
Reply #3 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 7:04pm
 
walnut oil is extremely good.
It's used quite a lot by woodturners to give a durable finish to food bowl interiors.
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Reply #4 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 11:09pm
 
xxkid123 wrote on Feb 26th, 2010 at 10:51am:
can you give wood an oil finish with cooking grade vegetable oil? i think you probably can, but it might rancid or something.... you guys (and gals) can probably see i'm incompetent with wood working lol.


kid, yes, you can, but, yes, it will go rancid. Boiled linseed is probably the most commonly used wood oil. I use it on gunstocks, bunny sticks, hiking sticks, etc.

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Reply #5 - Feb 26th, 2010 at 11:50pm
 
Where do you get linseed oil?
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Reply #6 - Feb 27th, 2010 at 11:13am
 
Et Cetera wrote on Feb 26th, 2010 at 11:50pm:
Where do you get linseed oil?


I got mine at the local hardware store. Walmart might have it. A paint store?

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