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Got some boiled linseed.  I finished up with a touch more light sanding and some steel wool. 

Cleaned up a bit of water damage as best I could and got most of it out.  Wood is supposed to have character though so didn't get to crazy.

First I did a super light coat of just a base stain.  Just wanted to bring out the grain and give just a little color to it. Turned out great so far.  Have it setting up now to dry and tomorrow I'll be getting set to do the linseed oiling.  

I've heard multi coat, and others have said just lather it on there then wipe it down.  Should I really work it in there?  What's everyone's favorite method? Instructions are for smart guys, not me lol :)

Oh and some new pics... Can't wait to get the net back on this and get a fish in it!

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Ok, 

Busy day today so didn't get to oiling but I did pick up one of these... 

One of the big issues we encountered that night besides having too small of a net was having the net tethered to me... 

Brandon couldn't get enough reach when he was trying to net her,  and the clasp type connector was not cooperating in the dark and cold on getting the net fully unhooked from me. Like I said it was a circus lol :)

So I'm going to do a slight mod to the bottom of the net and add a QD cup plate so I can attach the old tried and true quick disconnect sling loop.  They are easy to use under pressure and I'm already familiar with them on my rifles...

I removed the screwed in loop so there's a hole there already which I'm going to counter sink the mounting plate so it sits flush in the bottom of the handle.

Going to just take it real slow with a dremel and a small set of files until I get the desired shape and depth. I'll secure with 2 hex head wood screws, and I'm going to use just a bit of wood glue or epoxy in there as well to keep everything sealed up along with the linseed oil.

Ordered a new magnetic release as well.   The old one was attached with just a nylon piece with two holes in it and a slip ring through it.  I'm going to look at some alternatives to mounting the top magnet up there so it's not in the way or beating up the wood. 

Oiling will commence in the a.m. if I have enough time tomorrow I'm going to work on restringing the net too!

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Linseed oil has a tendency to get gummy if applied in a heavy coat, ime, I'd rub it on and rub it off and let dry completely then repeat a few times. Don't put the oiled rags in a bucket or a pile  in the shop or house; they can spontaneously combust as the oil reacts with air. It's recommended to put them under water. I have put them in the wood stove one at a time.

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5 minutes ago, tjm said:

Linseed oil has a tendency to get gummy if applied in a heavy coat, ime, I'd rub it on and rub it off and let dry completely then repeat a few times. Don't put the oiled rags in a bucket or a pile  in the shop or house; they can spontaneously combust as the oil reacts with air. It's recommended to put them under water. I have put them in the wood stove one at a time.

Yikes!  I'm glad you mentioned that.  I'll soak them until I can burn them.  And I figured multiple light coats is mostly what I'm hearing so that's gonna be the method.  

Thanks!

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I always hand rub it but that may have health hazards, mixing equal parts of mineral spirits, blo, and Man o war Varnish makes a pretty good finish.

I've never seen the rags self ignite  but been told many times that it happens.

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