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PostPosted: 28.10.2007, 10:31 
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Hello:

I would like to ask you if you may give me a recipe to make my own didgeridoo oil. At this moment I have not been able to make a good mix, I heard about different oils and solvents (tung, linseed, etc.) but I have no idea about percentages or proportions of each component...

Thank you in advance for your help.

Ángel.


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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 14:32 
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I use tung oil and citrus solvent, mixed 2:1 when I do oil. The actual mixing ratio isn't critical- more oil will give more a surface coating and more solvent will give better penetration into the wood. I'd say for general maintainece, 2:1 ought to work well.

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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 14:59 
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I'm controversial and generally don't oil my sticks!


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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 15:02 
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I'm controversial and generally don't oil my sticks!


Possibly due to the fact that your didj oil is still at my house Kyle


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True, you thief, but I hadn't used any of it yet. I'll only oil a stick if someone purchasing one requests it.


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I'm controversial and generally don't oil my sticks!


Generally speaking, I don't maintain an oiling regimen either (although I have!)- unless the stick is proving to be somewhat sensitive or after stabilizing a crack.

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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 16:26 
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Touch wood I've not had any major cracks

By senstive Jason do you mean sensitive to cracking?

Would oiling actually stop things getting worse?


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By senstive Jason do you mean sensitive to cracking?


Yep.

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Would oiling actually stop things getting worse?


Tung oil achieves two things:

1)Polymerizing between the wood fibers, adding strength
2)Decreasing the rate at which moisture is lost by the wood, minimizing the risk of cracking.

That being said, it's not a miracle cure. Remember, it's the rapid wetting/drying cycles that stresses the wood fibers and causes cracks.


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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 19:02 
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flyangler18 wrote:
I use tung oil and citrus solvent, mixed 2:1 when I do oil. The actual mixing ratio isn't critical- more oil will give more a surface coating and more solvent will give better penetration into the wood. I'd say for general maintainece, 2:1 ought to work well.

Jason


Thank you very much Jason. I will try such recipe. Anyway a further question: I have not been able to locate citrus solvent here (I live in Spain). Could turpentine solvent be used instead of citrus solvent?

Thank you again.

Ángel.


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PostPosted: 29.10.2007, 21:06 
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Could turpentine solvent be used instead of citrus solvent?


I'd want non-toxic, as my lips are going to be in close contact with the stuff. If you can find a source for orange oil, that would do as well.


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Hi Angel

Christian was selling ready mixed oil

Smells nice and much less hassle

Are you still selling it christian?

Is it a trad stick your oiling Angel? I keep my faithful Ant Scot yew oiled but have never really oiled trads


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Yep, we're still selling it. BTW, citrus solvent often IS orange oil.

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Christian


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BTW, citrus solvent often IS orange oil.


Quite true! The percentage of actual oil can vary greatly however between various blends. Helps to read the label!


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I like to raid the wife’s collection of essential oils, the type used for aromatherapy, when finalizing the tung oil mix. Clove oil is nice.

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seriouschris wrote:
Yep, we're still selling it. BTW, citrus solvent often IS orange oil.

Cheers
Christian


I use lemon oil to clean up the necks of my guitars. Good stuff, but it does say it is toxic. Comes in a small spray bottle, a bit like perfume.

I recently used it to oil my tourist stick, which now lives in the boot of the car for lunchtime use during the winter. Something to blow to get through the dark days.

It did actually improve the sound, but I probably wouldn't risk using it on the mago.


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