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Re: Cutting oil with oil stones?

John Aniano in Central NJ

Hi William and Chuck,

I've used clear, odorless lamp oil on my Arkansas stones and it seems to work well. It has about the same viscosity as WD40. I'm pretty sure the lamp oil I have is refined paraffin oil.

I use lamp oil when I final sand my ebony/silver/gold/pearl bow parts from 400 grit up to 2500 SiC paper, so it is always within easy reach in a small squeeze bottle. Many bow makers "wet sand" the pernambuco stick with odorless lamp oil. Can't use water due to the reaction with the dye in the wood. The lamp oil doesn't react. The oil does evaporate in a few hours, so make sure you wipe off the stones.

John

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