In the hardware store you will find two kinds of linseed oil; raw and
Raw linseed oil is used as a finish by wood workers when making wooden
salad bowls, wooden salad forks and wooden cutting boards. It does take
a very long time to dry (about a month) but it doesn't contain any
Boiled linseed oil is the oil used in the old "oil based" paints of the
40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and early to mid 1980's. You don't want to use
this stuff on anything that will be handling food because boiled linseed
oil contains metallic driers that make it dry in a few days instead of a
Personally, if I wanted to put some finish on the handles of garden
tools, I would use a better oil:
Tung Oil (also called "China Wood oil") is a fast drying oil that forms
a harder stronger film than boiled linseed oil. It also doesn't yellow
as much with age as linseed oil.
MinWax Wipe-On Poly - which is a fast drying polyurethane with an amber
colour to it. It dries to a much stronger and harder film than either
linseed or Tung oil. You apply this with a rag, so you don't get any
brush strokes. Also, you leave the rag in a plastic bag in your fridge
or freezer between coats to prevent the polyurethane in the rag from
curing. Squeeze the air out of the bag before putting the rag in the
fridge or freezer.
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