Winterizing Garden Tools: Protecting wooden handles with mineral oil & beeswax

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Winterizing Garden Tools

By paulgrow
October 19, 2011

All of the leaves have been raked and added to the compost; frost has put all of the plants to sleep for the winter. The outdoor furniture has been covered or moved into the garage. We still have one final task to accomplish before completing our outdoor work for the season. We need to winterize those tools, both power and manual, to ensure they will be ready to go in the spring

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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Oct 19, 2011 11:41 AM CST
I protect wooden handles on garden tools and knives, with mineral oil. I know it won't turn rancid ever. I apply mineral oil several times per year to protect tool handles against getting wet.

For handles where I want a very no-slip-grip, I wait for the mineral oil to sink in, and then rub a little beeswax on the handle. Parafin is cheaper, but beeswax is always a little "tacky" whereas parafin can be slick if I use too much.

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