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Table finished with 68 year old linseed oil

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Project by Scott posted 06-12-2018 10:49 PM 4187 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The stove in this old farm house doesn’t have a counter on either side of it, so I made a table from old pine and oak laying around the farm. Then I found 2 full cans of linseed oil in the basement, both marked on the back ‘1950’. It smelled fine, and it worked great.

-- Scott in North Carolina





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LesB

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 11:45 PM

I guess I wouldn’t gamble my hard work on a nice table with something like that but I might use it on outdoor stuff like a fence or garden tool handle. It worked for you so great. Can we assume you tested it first?
Essentially Linseed oil cures in the presence of oxygen so in a well sealed container it could probably stay good for many years. Once the container is open that is another matter unless you eliminate the oxygen when you reseal it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 06-13-2018 12:09 AM

Nice table. I also use what I have!

Check the cans might even be worth something. Old pipe tobacco tins and coffee cans are now collector items.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 01:57 AM

wow that could be a record here for the oldest finish ever used?anybody used something older,im curious.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 03:44 AM

Cool can.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 05:04 AM

That some pretty old stuff, as I’m only one year older and man I’m old!!! :-{

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 05:36 AM

If it dries is the biggest issue, not like it will flake off. If it dries on some scrap, I’d use it. Probably not on a piece that I was going to display though. Looks like the WoodWorking Gods were smiling your way.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 01:05 PM

It’s a nice looking table. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 03:13 PM

Cans coll, love the table. Nice work.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 06:45 PM

WOW, I work for that company, it is Archer Daniels Midland now. Are both cans open? What an awesome story and project! Would you consider sending me more pictures of the cans, maybe sell one?

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 08:45 PM

stsmith622 – You can find plenty of these cans with oil in them on ebay, and they are inexpensive. And there are more pictures there too.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 06-14-2018 02:44 AM



stsmith622 – You can find plenty of these cans with oil in them on ebay, and they are inexpensive. And there are more pictures there too.

- Scott

Don’t auction much anymore, but up to 10 years ago I hardly went to an auction where a guy with any tools/equipment didn’t have a can getting sold off, real frequent.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-14-2018 03:32 AM

Scott , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.
Great end result with the linseed oil as well

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-14-2018 08:11 AM

‘1950’. It smelled fine, and it worked great.
Possibly describes a Southern Californian resident

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 06-14-2018 01:04 PM



‘1950’. It smelled fine, and it worked great.
Possibly describes a Southern Californian resident

- robscastle

i might claim that as a compliment but it was before my time.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 06-16-2018 02:19 AM

I’ll bet that stuff is worth a bundle to the right buyer. Nice job on the table too. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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