I am in the process of restoring for use my old wooden planes; molding, fillister, shoulder, plow, smoothing bench, etc., and I wonder if it is really necessary to apply any finish to these after cleaning the dirt & grime off.
I’ve read that some sources of information prefer BLO, in one case standing the end grain in it until it wicks up to the top. I’ve also read that “oil” doesn’t really benefit the wood, it just accentuates the grain. What I’m attempting to determine is whether or not there is a real benefit to this, or any other finish.
I’m not adverse to applying a finish that will help preserve the tool, but which one?
So I would ask, what is your preferred finish when restoring wooden planes?, and why?
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