Chair Caning Forum--The Caner's Community Hub™ for Beginners, Hobbyists and Professionals, since 2004
Using Boiled Linseed Oil
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:49am

I would caution you all about making your own boiled linseed oil and opting for buying it in the store already prepared. We've all heard the horror stories of people burning their house or garage down because the linseed oil caught on fire as they were boiling it.

Personally, I always buy the boiled linseed oil for safety's sake, or in the case of using linseed oil in the olden days to glaze windows, I did buy the raw artist linseed oil and used it as it came from the tube.

And also remember to dispose of the rags properly, they can ignite and also burn your house or garage down! Putting the oily rags in a black plastic bag and sitting out in the sun, is just an invitation for a fire. The heat inside the bag can cause the rags to combust into flames.

I've taken my rags outside and laid them flat in the barbecue grill, on top of some aluminum foil. That way if they do catch on fire, it's no big deal.

FYI: Here are some interesting articles discussing the history and use of boiled linseed oil (BLO) and comparing it to other products. Enjoy!

The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peters

  • restaining a caned chair timtolzmann, Sun Mar 12 11:41pm
    After dissolving the finish on the cane, clean it completely and evenly with the lacquer thinner. Let it dry then out of the sun for an hour or so. Longer if yuou used any water in the stripping... more
    • Using Boiled Linseed Oil The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Tue Mar 14 8:49am
      • Using B)oiled Linseed Oil timtolzmann, Tue Mar 14 9:54pm
        Cathryn,commercially prepared "boiled" linseed oil is raw linseed oil to which a lead based drying agent has been added. So it will give one lead poisoning to some extent, no matter how, or how... more
Click here to receive daily updates

Chair Caning Forum--The Caner's Community Hub™ 2004-2018