BLO, Turps and Stamps

There is nothing like a healthy slathering of linseed oil, turpentine, and sunlight to finish off a project. Except perhaps for that final application of beeswax! I just love a natural finish. I use a 50:50 solution of boiled linseed oil and turpentine. Boiled linseed oil dries much faster than raw linseed oil, which can take days to dry. The turpentine helps to thin the oil and causes it to dry even faster. After a good slathering, I let the sun do its thing. Depending on the natural tannins in the wood, exposure to sunlight will cause the oiled wood to darken, ever so slightly. Creating a wonderful patina.


For quite some time now I have been trying to develop a satisfactory marker’s mark for my work. I recently purchased a metal stamp from Buckeye Engraving in Kent, Ohio. Using this stamp in conjunction with a set of number stamps, I believe I can now leave my mark.


Once again I find myself with an empty bench. I rummaged through my cut-off bin the other day and found some nice bits of sassafras, gummy cherry, and alder. Perhaps I’ll try my hand at a Roubo bookstand, or two, or three.


9 thoughts on “BLO, Turps and Stamps

  1. Dave Polaschek

    Nice, Ron! It’s a good looking box.

    The little box for the drill bits got a coat of BLO last night, as did the carved lid of the plane-making tools box. I believe both projects will go upon LJs this weekend. I need to fire up my brand so I can mark both of them yet. Next up is something to hold all of my carving tools, I believe.

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  2. hoortbri

    While I love BLO I’ve never tried turpentine or this mysterious “sunlight”. So far in Michigan, this Spring, we have no opportunity to try “sunlight”. Could you be more descriptive of what this phenomenon feels like and how it affects the wood?

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    1. Ron Aylor Post author

      Some woods when exposed to sunlight will darken. This is due to the effect of UV rays on their natural tannins. The longer the exposure the darker the wood becomes. The application of boiled linseed oil accelerates the process. Adding turpentine to BLO simply speeds up the drying time.



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