We all have those days Bill. And you are correct, things don't sound the
same when we read them. Good of you to soften those sharp corners for us.
Even so, I would say that mineral oil is not a finish at all. But there are
those who swear that it is useful and seem to like the effect. Others say
that wax is no finish at all either, and I'd start disagreeing there.
> *sigh*...I certainly had no intention of trying to make you, or anyone
> else feel dumb, offended or ridiculed...I re-read my post, and I can
> see that it had a bit of 'air of superiority', and for that I do
> apoplgize....I could have made my point in a gentler way. Or I could
> have just let the more patient among us deal with it....I 'think' than
> in a group standing around in person, just talking, I would have said
> it better. I was tired and grumpy from a long day (no excuse) and just
> picked the wrong time to read another thread on mineral oil.....
> Advice remains the same...testy response is withdrawn....and I will
> use your reply to remind me that we all need some help without
> over-done remarks at times.....again, my apologies for the tone.
> On Thu, 30 Nov 2000 19:34:20 -0600, Art and Diane
> > I guess I have to appologize for asking for some help with my
> >question. After 7 years of woodturning, I guess I chose the wrong time
> >finally try mineral oil. I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. I
> >getting advice might be one of the purposes of participating in this
> >didn't realize it was only for those who know it all already. I think I
> >mentioned in my post that I had read about mineral oil, but didn't
> >the details.
> > I've read posts in the past from people who had legitimate questions
> >regarding subjects that I felt were pretty basic knowledge. I've noticed
> >there are people, like Fred Holder and many others, who constantly
> >"What's the first tools I should buy?" or "How do I keep the logs from
> >my neighbor just cut down and gave me from splitting?" Although the
> >have been repeated many times, I admire these men and women for their
> >everlasting patience and I just go on to the next message. I guess I
> >realized the great sport I could have had, responding in a manner that
> >make the questioner feel stupid. All this time I could have been pumping
> >self esteem and all at someone elses expense. Life just doesn't get any
> >than that!
> > For all the rest of you who thoughtfully offered constructive advice
> >to try to overcome my error, I give you my thanks. It is you who make
> >group what it is and 1 or 2 jackasses can't diminish the good you do for
> >craft of woodturning.
> >> If there was a way to put a PERMANENT post in the newsgroup saying "Do
> >> NOT use mineral oil unless you have a very specific need for a sticky,
> >> non-drying surface", I would vote for it!....There are a VERY few
> >> reasonable uses for mineral oil...Because it is non-toxic on salad
> >> bowls, every new woodworker/turner seems to hear about it and thinks
> >> it may be a cheap, easy way to treat wood!
> >> There is seldom a week goes by that someone doesn't start a new thread
> >> asking how to use mineral oil, or how to finish OVER mineral oil...and
> >> every week, a few try to explain how much better other methods
> >> are....I guess it is hopeless...*grin*............
> >> ........................what, ME? Opionated?
> >> .............................
> >> >Regarding mineral oil, we had a demonstrator at our guild on Saturday.
> >> >uses baby oil from the 99 cent store, mixed 50/50 with mineral
> >> >According to him (a retired Dentist, so he has some chemistry
> >> >baby oil is just mineral oil with fragrance added. The mineral
> >> >course just make it penetrate better. After a couple days of drying
> >> >(actually just soaking in since it doesn't dry), he adds a top coat of
> >> >Trewax and buffs.
> >> >I tried a couple of boxes and used the technique. Oh, BTW, he wet
> >> >with the mixture as well. I haven't added the wax coat yet, but the
> >> >are very nice, and are dry to the touch. I'm certain that a bit of
> >> >buffed on will look nice.
> >> >Regarding your questions, just let it penetrate until it is dry to the
> >> >touch. I don't think more than a single drenching coat will be of any
> >> >benefit. Yes you can spray it on or use a squirt bottle. Better yet,
> >> >flood it on with a brush or rag. You cannot get too much on it. It
> >> >just drip off or penetrate. Wipe it dry after a few minutes. A day
> >> >and then buff on some wax.
> >> >In my opinion, this is not a finish at all. But the oil does pop the
> >> >figure nicely. Then the wax gives a small amount of protection and
> >> >Best of all, it's easy.
> >> >Good luck,
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