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Old 07-11-2013, 01:49 PM
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Does anyone know what type of oil/treatment can be used on the wooden handles to protect them but also make sure there not flammable.

I have used linseed oil but I have just read on Internet articles that this oil is quite flammable. So before I use the new tools I better make sure that the tools wont catch alight! I can sand it all back if it is going to be an issue.

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Old 07-11-2013, 02:44 PM
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A post/query back in line with actual thread topic.

Does anyone know what type of oil/treatment can be used on the wooden handles to protect them but also make sure there not flammable.

I have used linseed oil but I have just read on Internet articles that this oil is quite flammable. So before I use the new tools I better make sure that the tools wont catch alight! I can sand it all back if it is going to be an issue.

Cheers
I use an exterior varnish, but the handle near the tool head gets pretty cooked. Don't expect them to keep looking new for too long. Pretty easy to resand and redcoat though.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:58 PM
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Thanks David

I think tools that look like they are being used look better anyway. Adds to the character of the whole WFO thing. I am more trying to ensure the timber is protected from moisture damage and general weather impact as I was thinking of storing them alongside the oven and at the moment the oven is not sheltered from the weather (next task!).

I guess I can try one of the tools and see if it ignites!! That will be fun!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:43 PM
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great tools! I used some old oven trays, some were aluminium, some steel, probably 1.5mm thickness. For the handles I used 30mm pine dowel suitably treated. Just made saw cut in end of dowel and used brass woodscrews to hold metal in place. No need for bolts and nuts, just drill through one side of dowel and through the steel.

Oh, by the way, I found that a piece of metal tube 15mm diameter and 1.5m long was just right to blow the ash off the oven floor and to act as bellows.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:21 PM
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Use boiled linseed oil or tung oil instead of raw linseed oil...they dry faster. I don't think you need to worry about the handle bursting into flame unless you forget to take it out of the oven.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:42 PM
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Thanks Tony and Stonecutter, much appreciated.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:14 AM
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Gudday
I doubt that the linseed oil would burst intio flame unless its real wet and the volatiles haven't evaporated.
If you use a real watery coat of varnish a least 1 to 6 and wipe it over and let it dry when you oil it the oil can't penetrate to far and build up and turn dark.
Use 000 grade steel wool to sand , wipe between sandings with a damp rag and you will end up with a super smooth hard surface.
Don't worry about Aussie hardwood and heat the Abo's used flame to harden thier spear tips which could go clear through a man!
How did you go with drilling that stainless by the way? For what is worth the only way I have been able to achieve it at home was with a drill press on low and slow. And using an oil can of Kero dribbled on the drill bit to dissipate the heat and cuttings. Anyway with so many to do it might pay to visit a local engineering shop and pay them to burn out drill bits
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:56 AM
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Cheers Dave

Lets say that some of the money I saved making my own tools has been spent on a few drill bits! Didn't realise how hard it is to drill s/s even with the proper drill bit.

Still have a couple more to drill but have gone too far to now go to an eng. firm.

What do you thin the varnish with?
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:48 AM
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Gudday
Oil based is best and you can just thin with turps. ( sorry not a " big fan" of water based)
You going to keep drilling yourself the way I understand SS is that it doesn't dissipate heat real well. So when you drill the heat comes back really fast to the drill bit which heats up. The heat destroys the drill bits hardness and the whole process comes to a grinding halt.
That's why a drill press worked you can back of the bit before it heats to the point of destruction. And the Kero takes the heat and hot shavings away from the cut.
Hope somthing here might help
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:44 AM
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Thanks again Dave, will definitely use your tips for the few more holes I need to drill and the varnish mix to finish off the handles.
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