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October 7th, 2008
10:03 pm
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A first coat of oil. Linseed oil is interesting stuff - it's called a drying oil, but it doesn't dry as such. On contact with air it polymerises, eventually forming a plasticky substance which seals the pores in the wood and hardens the surface a little as it solidifies. It takes lots of coats and it darkens the wood considerably.

The polymerisation process is exothermic - gives off heat. One has to be careful with linseed oil soaked rags, because they can spontaneously combust if left wadded up. I saw it happen to a nieghbour once - fortunately he caught it before any damage was done (well the rubbish bin was a write-off), but he had a garage full of smoke.


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Date:October 7th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
That's coming along nicely.
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Date:October 8th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Yep! Next thing to do is decide on some fabric for the seats. Possibly something gold, or green, or maybe red...
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