You’ve been introduced to George before. He’s a handsome enough old devil to be sure… Spins great, too, but the truth was, George was showing his age just a bit. Nothing serious, just a few water spots, dulling of the finish, the sorts of things you’d expect from a 31 year old bit of wood that’s been hauled around through all kinds of weather and such. So this weekend I decided George had earned a spa day.
Started with a full out disassembly and a serious exfoliation with a degreaser. YEARS of oil build up needed to be cleaned up. From there, it was a lovely bubble bath with the Murphy’s Oil Soap. I do love how that stuff smells! And George looked pretty darn good, but we weren’t done.
After a quick consult with my father in law the woodworker, it was established that the best preservative to use on George would be 2 coats of a 50/50 mixture of linseed oil & paint thinner brushed on with a day allowed between coats to dry. Saturday was so lovely out that I set up shop on the back porch for the degrease, bubble bath and coat #1. I was amazed at what a difference that first coat made in George’s overall condition. Coat #2 was even better! A solid wheel that looked a little tired but well loved now looks like something I could easily keep in the living room as functional furniture. Alas, the room’s too small and already pretty full up so George will spend the winter in my stash room after a couple more trips out to Civil War reenactments this year, but he will be stored looking good and ready for more outdoor spinning next year!
High humidity forced an extra day’s drying time. but check this out
George looks GOOD.