Collecting tools for your homestead is fun and rewarding, along with being rather necessary. I frequently look for tools at garage sales and the only thing better than finding a great used tool is getting it for a bargain. Quality hand tools become an extension of your body, making your task easier, more efficient and generally more enjoyable. These tools will pay dividends to you as long as you take care of them.
Over the last few months I’ve pulled together quite the collection of old garden tools. I even found an old scythe at a garage sale for ten bucks. The handle did show weathering and the blade was rusted, but ten bucks?!
After sanding three handles, though, I’ve decided that I need to break down and find an electric oscillating pad sander.
I’ve sanded it down and then will stain it with some boiled linseed oil which acts as a preservative that will protect from weather and wear. That doesn’t mean you can leave them out in the rain all the time. You do still have to be responsible. I found a lot of information about linseed oil at the Natural Handyman’s website.
Yes, old linseed oil is still good linseed oil, especially when it is only a dollar at a garage sale.
Here are a few shots of the oil going on the wood. When I was done staining, I used the garden hose and rinsed out the sock well. I’ve read that piles of rags soaked in boiled linseed oil can spontaneously combust! Be careful!
This is only one of about a million uses for the old socks that Courtney keeps trying to throw away. I have to hide them from her to keep them from finding their way to the trash.
There are some handles that have deep cracks in them from extended periods of being left outside. My suggested remedy for this can be found at Herrick Kimball’s website. His Whizbang Handle Rub is made with boiled linseed oil, turpentine and some paraffin wax. This was will fill in the cracks and provide a nice finish. No more splinters.
We currently don’t have any old candles, so I haven’t tried this just yet. I’ll post again with that sometime to show how it works for me.