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#23453 - 04/24/10 03:15 PM Re: Axe handle question [Re: TIMBEAL]
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Tim - I can't imagine using used motor oil on anything I might handle or use in the garden... Sounds toxic to start with. I can't believe millions of cycles at high heat does it any good... But YMMV.



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#23454 - 04/24/10 07:51 PM Re: Axe handle question [Re: bmike]
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That advice comes from Scott and Helen Nearing, while living the good life. Just though I would contribute to a previous thread. I do not oil my shovel handles, btw, Scott did though, and lived into his 90's. I wonder how old his shovels were. I have lost more shovel than I care to recall. I used to do a lot of mechanic work, snacking along the way with dirty hands, so I probably have had an oil sandwich. Brake dust was the worst, not to mention gasoline running down my arms while changing a fuel line or tank. I am glad it is not still my primary line of work. Welding is another place where it is possible to breath in some nasty stuff.

How about nine lives? I wonder how many I have used?

Tim


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#23456 - 04/25/10 11:51 AM Re: Axe handle question [Re: TIMBEAL]
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Scott lived 100 years and 18 days, stopped eating intentionally in the end.
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#23457 - 04/25/10 07:20 PM Re: Axe handle question [Re: Dave Shepard]
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I was not sure of his age. He said when he could no longer bring in the fire wood then his time was up.

Tim

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#23491 - 05/03/10 05:44 PM Re: Axe handle question [Re: TIMBEAL]
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I'm with Tim, oil the end grain but leave the handle raw.

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#23494 - 05/03/10 10:23 PM Re: Axe handle question [Re: Mark Davidson]
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Tim, Nitrile gloves and Boraxo soap really help with mechanic work.

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#23496 - 05/04/10 05:41 AM Re: Axe handle question [Re: brad_bb]
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Brad, back in the 1980's we didn't use them. I remember seeing the first fellow use them and thought what a "girl". I use the nitrile gloves now. I dust my hands with baby power and they come on and off easily, I re use then until they are busted.

I find handles will oil up naturally with use, the more you use it the better it gets. Sure a first light coat of something will be ok, I would not fuss over it. I have a mix of stuff on mine, pine pitch is the most prevalent, nothing applied on purpose.

Tim

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#23604 - 05/19/10 10:11 AM Re: Axe handle question [Re: brad_bb]
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Brad, if your handle is as dry as it sounds, it will absorb quite a lot of oil and not become sticky. You could use linseed oil mixed with mineral spirits 50/50 and apply it until it doesn't sink in anymore. Rub it with climbers chalk or fine dirt (maybe even cat litter) to dry the handle to the touch if it gets too sticky feeling. As far as the target is concerned the guys will probably give it to you if you tell them you need an axe target.A twelve pack at the most. cool

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#23683 - 06/01/10 07:39 AM Re: Axe handle question [Re: SteveMeyer]
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linseed oil should do fine, as others have said. if it feels slippery some balsom or pine sap rubbed in right at the end of the handle can give a bit of control (if it's the gransfor handle without a poll).

i wonder about the oak too. i've had good success with balsom poplar, both upright and end grain. it soaks up the axe really nice, and makes a pleasant sound.

on the axe handle tip- discovery--> i've always wanted to try repairing a broken handle with a splice- just tried this and it seems to have worked so far. will post pics.

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