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Axe handle project

I'm working on a project involving a hickory wood axe handle.

I want to stain it with Minwax wood finish (oil based) penetrating stain.

After staining it can I finish it with boiled linseed oil to protect it?

Thank you for any help.
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That will be fine

Let the boiled oil dry one week after each coating and rub it in thoroughly. The room should be at least 65 degrees for it to dry. It will still scratch if not taken good care of, but you can apply more oil in that event.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Did a couple axes this winter. The heads were beat up some and there was a bug chip out of the back of one. A little weld on it and polishing you would never know. Turned out great. Used some cold blueing to treat the heads. Handles are hickory with Tung oil finish.
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Hey Mr. B. Was this axe your fathers or grandfathers?

Don in Murfreesboro, TN.
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I'm working on a project involving a hickory wood axe handle.

I want to stain it with Minwax wood finish (oil based) penetrating stain.

After staining it can I finish it with boiled linseed oil to protect it?

Thank you for any help.
Hi Mr Black,

Your plan will work fine...

Woodnthings guidance most sound for flax (aka linseed) oil and drying times between coats for a durable oil finish...More and more coats can be put on over the years if the handle holds up...should the finish begin to were thin...

I finish mine with a blend of flax, tung, citrus oil mixed with pine rosin and beeswax...Just another traditional blend with a UV stabilizer in it for outdoor use...If I just would use on oil...It would be Tung Oil just as Fishfactory suggested. It is superior for this application to flax oil...

On that note...if I may suggest...since this is a more traditional hand tool, why not go all out with a traditional approach...?? Make your own stain, its not hard and you can take more satisfaction from the work...Food for though, if interested just look on line...More quesitons always welcome here too!

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Thanks for all the information/advice, much appreciated.
@hawkeye10 - It's for my fire pick axe. Wanted to touch up the handle and make it look nice again, do something different other than just rub some oil on it.

We have plenty of linseed oil readily available at the station but I'll look into Tung oil as well as making my own stain and see what that entails
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Skip the stain unless it's a wall hanger and put on a coat of linseed oil, that's all you need. Linseed is mostly for looks anyway and offers almost nothing of a moisture barrier and no abrasion protection.
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Thanks for all the information/advice, much appreciated.
@hawkeye10 - It's for my fire pick axe. Wanted to touch up the handle and make it look nice again, do something different other than just rub some oil on it.

We have plenty of linseed oil readily available at the station but I'll look into Tung oil as well as making my own stain and see what that entails
Are you a wildland or structural Dept?
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@FishFactory I work for a structural dept but we do wildland as well.
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I just use raw linseed oil for tool handles.

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@FishFactory I work for a structural dept but we do wildland as well.
Nice. I'm on the job in upstate NY. Stay safe brother.
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