Today I bottled up what I made in my second batch that I started about a year ago.
|Take your pick: a Maß or a caña.|
I think a better name for this stuff should be: Refined Linseed Oil. It's great that it can be done at home.
This time I did things only a little differently. I started by buying a five liter jug of raw linseed oil (good stuff from a boutique shop). I couldn't find the lid to the big jar I used last time, so I went and bought three more.
I bought plastic ones because they were cheaper. This was a mistake. It worked out alright, but I was continually worried that they would come apart while shaking, and there was indeed some leaking. Next time I'll make sure to use glass jars.
|Plastic jugs for refining the oil this time. Do yourself a favor and use glass jugs.|
|Refined vs. raw.|
|These raw materials were far superior to what I used last time.|
|Freshly shaken mixture.|
|After an hour or two.|
|A day or two later.|
|Let's wait for the sun to do it's part.|
It could also be that the area I put the jars didn't get quite enough direct sunlight. The sun shines in that window only a few hours every morning.
Once I collected the jars from their resting space, I filtered out any debris that was in the jars. I just ran the liquid through a clean shop towel, and in about ten minutes it was all done.
|Straining debris from the jars of oil.|
|It looks like Weinstein - the debris that is sometimes at the end of a bottle of wine..|
It was an accident that they now look like the urinalysis cups that we used when I was in the Army.
|New batch on the left, old batch on the right.|
I really like this stuff. It has no harmful chemical driers, and only smells like seawater for a day or two after it is applied to a wood project. So far, it works just like BLO, without the toxic smell. With the exception that I haven't come across the need to apply more than one coat.
One might find it a bit thick, but you can mix it with turpentine to thin it out a bit, something I've done with BLO before on first coats. Usually, however, I just slather it on my project, wait a few minutes, then buff it out with a dry cloth.
The first batch I have been using by itself, and I plan to experiment with this batch mixing it with some other things to try some other finish recipes that usually include BLO. I'll report how it works.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wishes to try something a bit different. I think the resulting oil is of higher quality, and a lot safer and pleasant to use. The process is simple and easy, but it does take some time and patience.
If you have no access to sea water, I'm pretty sure a heaping tablespoon or two of table salt in tapwater would work just fine. I've also been told an alternative to clean sand is kitty litter. Perhaps I'll try it this way someday when I get back to Munich.
Check out my original post for more info on the process.
Finally, some of the comments on the last post suggested a much simpler alternative to this process is just to buy plain old stand oil. I'm told it is a similar product. I promise I'll get some and do a comparison one of these days. I've also been told that it is a bit different than regular stand oil, and is instead comparable to this oil (the German translates literally to "sun-thickened linseed oil), which is 234 Euros per liter at the time of this writing. For obvious reasons, I'll not be comparing my oil to this stuff.
Give this a go if you'd like to try it. I'm sure you'll be happy with the results. If you do, please let me know your experiences with it.