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    Vise handle

    Hi Folks,
    I was wondering what those of you with a Benchcrafted vise and a shop that is not climate controlled have done on the vise handle to prevent rust. Benchcrafted manual suggests linseed oil, flax oil, or paint. I am thinking of black Rustoleum. Anyway I would be interested to hear what others have done.
    Thanks
    Izzy

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    My metal vise handle gets a bit of oil applied every once in a while.

    jtk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy Camire View Post
    Hi Folks,
    I was wondering what those of you with a Benchcrafted vise and a shop that is not climate controlled have done on the vise handle to prevent rust. Benchcrafted manual suggests linseed oil, flax oil, or paint. I am thinking of black Rustoleum. Anyway I would be interested to hear what others have done.
    Thanks
    Izzy
    Paste waste mixed with thinner. The adhesion is better. Had eliminated rust on my end.

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    I baked linseed oil onto my wheel and screw, same way you 'cure' a cast iron pan.

    https://www.txheritage.net/blog/2014...-vise-hardware

    Worked great.

    Best,
    Chris
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    Thanks for all the ideas. The flax oil seems promising to me.

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    Move to Az

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    Hmmm move to AZ have to think on that!

    After more thought the paste wax with thinner sounds easy to give a try.

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    In a thread about what to use to prevent rust on a TS top, someone suggested clear polyurethane, thinned to a "wiping oil" (cut maybe 50% with mineral spirits). My TS lives in a barn along the coast where we get heavy dew every night, and I had been using 50-50 drain oil and kerosene after every use and then wiping it off when I use the saw, but I've gotten tired of that routine, so I tried the polyurethane and MS "wiping varnish" and it seems to work pretty well...but not sure how fast it wears off.

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