Hands On

JAN/FEB 2002
Volume 45/Issue 1


Project Articles
9-Drawer Workshop Toolbox
Child's Desk and Chairs
Candle Sconce and Desktop Pencil Holder

Ask Smitty
Owner’s Gallery
Letters from Owners
Academy Notes
Finishing Touches - Pt.3 Applying a Natural Finish
Service Pointers
Speed Changer
Safety Tips
Safety Is Your Decision

What's New
The Standard Anniversary Model Shopsmith MARK V

Find A Shopsmith Woodworking Academy Near You

National Woodworking Academy in Dayton, OH

Online Accessory Catalog
Request Printed Accessory Catalog
Online Replacement Parts Catalog

Find A Shopsmith
MARK V Demo Near You

Request MARK V Information Package

Links Worth Visiting
Free Woodworking Tips

Contacting Shopsmith

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Removing oil stains from wood
From John S. Stacy, via e-mail:
I have some unfinished cherry wood in my workshop that has been there for years, but my problem is that I have been handling the wood and it has oil from my hand on it. How can I get rid of the oil on the wood so that I can stain it without the fear of dark spots?

If it's just the oils from your skin, I would suggest that you wipe the wood down thoroughly with naptha. Naptha will break down oils and will also work for motor oils or light machine oils...but you may have to wipe it a couple of times.

DANGER: Naptha is HIGHLY VOLATILE & FLAMMABLE. Do this outdoors in a well ventilated area such as the driveway or somewhere else outside and well away from any open flames or potential sparks. Read and follow all precautions on your can of naptha very carefully before using it.

If you're planning to finish your completed project with a Danish Oil or Tung Oil finish...and the oil you speak of as being on the wood now is also an oil used for finishing woods, it may not be necessary to do anything. If, on the other hand, you're planning to stain your project, it's best to remove all oils first.

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