I am making a plane wick to butter up the soles during use. Besides
butter (heh) what makes the best lubricant SPECIFICALLY for a plane
wick, ie., it wont dry out. I have heard of some using mineral oil
(baby oil) and some using liquid parafin. Does liquid parafin dry out?
Does it contain any solvents or other nasty finish-wrecking stuff? It
seems like it would be the best choice all else being equal for its
rust preventing properties. Experience? Ideas? Random thoughts?
Bob the Less
I keep a chunk of parafin wax at my bench, just scribble a little "S" on the
sole of any hand plane I'm using, as needed to keep the friction to a
minimum....works wonders when you're making those shavings of a thou or
I always thought "liquid paraffin" was the UK name for what we in the US
call "mineral oil".
See "Synonyms" at:
Buffalo, NY - USA
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I remember reading a particular book as a kid--the hero was at sea
in a small boat, in a storm, at night. The engine wouldn't start, even
though he had put enough paraffin in it. "No wonder it won't run," I
thought, "he clogged it up with wax!" I had also wondered why his torch
didn't go out in the rain. There were divers calling in the distance.
"Why doesn't he ask one of those scuba guys for help?"
Liquid paraffin to us is a fairly viscous liquid which can be used as a
body rub (add some peppermint oil) the same as baby oil with no
Your kerosene is our paraffin which is used as a fuel for stoves and
heating. Would not want to use that as a body rub (unless as maybe as a
marinade for a sacrifice <G>)
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