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Old 02-11-2010, 09:24 AM
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Mix two parts linseed oil to one part mineral spirits (or turpentine) - brush on handle liberally and let soak overnight. Wipe excess off with rag and you're done. Keeps the wood from drying out and splitting.
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To restore an old handle I give it a light sand with say 240grit to clean up the wood, then apply a mix of the linseed oil/turps.

I tend to go more for a 3/4 oil to 1/4 turps, as it holds a little more oil on the surface and is sticky to the touch without transferring to your hands.

Currently restoring some old screw drivers, chisels and drills
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I use a good product called Briwax on all wooden handle tools, and wood gun stocks, works well for preserving and/or treating metals too. Keeps them easy to hold no mess or transfer. Easy to use and reapply once every season. Keeps them water proof and easy to keep clean. I use it before install handles to axes and the like and the heads stay tight, really tight! There are alot of places to buy it for really reasonable, one can lasts along time. I just get a different color every so often. Great to for wood furniture.
http://www.briwax-trg.com/
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I use a good product called Briwax on all wooden handle tools, and wood gun stocks, works well for preserving and/or treating metals too........
It's a wax base, right? Don't know if I want everything to be coated in wax.
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It's a wax base, right? Don't know if I want everything to be coated in wax.
Its got some wax in it, try some you'll like it!
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Used crankcase oil for me! I know, I know, all sorts of bad stuff in it, but I wear gloves alot these days.

I don't like varnished handles; it can keep moisture in after it gets wet.

For new handles and for maintaining use this old routine: once a day for the first week, once a week for the first month, once a month for the first year and then once a year for the rest of your life. Don't forget to tell your kids to keep at when your gone. I'm using handles that my Grandfather made over 50 years ago.
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Seems that when I was a kid, I'd hear about using "Coal Oil" for this... What the heck is Coal Oil anyway?
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wood restore/preserve on wood ladders as well as tool handles .....
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I had a friend who swore by Marvel Mystery oil on wood handles. I remember all of his stuff on his farm looked like it was in good shape and was pretty old.
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Been using old motor oil for years. Wipe it on and let it soak in. Wipe off excess and it
leaves a nice finish after much use.
Salt from hands attracts squirrels etc. and they will chew on the wood.
They don't like motor oil
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Seems that when I was a kid, I'd hear about using "Coal Oil" for this... What the heck is Coal Oil anyway?
Kerosene, it used to be made from coal rather than petroleum.
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I paint my handles and the metal parts with the hydrolic oil that I change from the tractors and fork trucks. I keep a 5 gal. bucket about half full and an old 4" paint brush. Paint the tool and let it set in the hot sun. Dirt doesn't stick to the toos as bad with the oil trick.
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Mix two parts linseed oil to one part mineral spirits (or turpentine) - brush on handle liberally and let soak overnight. Wipe excess off with rag and you're done. Keeps the wood from drying out and splitting.
Yep. This is old school because it works. The reason my great grandfather's tool handles have lasted this long. I have his wooden toolbox, tools and farm tools too. What a treasure.

Thanks for the reminder.
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I use 3 parts linseed oil and 1 part turpentine. I also use a pvc pipe with a cap glued on the end. I put this in a upright position and fill it with the mix and soak my handles for a spell.
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Wow, never even thought about this before, thats proably why my shovel handles look like they are 100 years old not 10, thanks for the ideas!
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