Walking through my local Walmart yesterday I spied a rack of 3-In-One Multi Purpose Oil…I hadn’t used this stuff I don’t think since I was in my mid-teens, cleaning my guns after a day of target practice. Of course it was in the flat tin cans at that time (with the handy spout on top), but it’s the same great oil inside. That got me thinking about rust protection/lubrication for my woodworking planes, chisels etc. Since I became interested in woodworking I have always used WD-40 to clean my tools, but that’s all it seems to do really, it doesn’t seem to leave any lasting protection. Some use Camellia oil, mineral oils and scented baby oils that irritate the senses, but when I saw the 3-In-One, that seemed to be the ticket. I finished my shopping and before I left grabbed a couple bottles of oil off the shelf and a pack of microfiber rags for application of the golden elixir.
I had done a lot of planing on the panels for the toolchest and needed to do some sharpening, so that seemed the time to do a teardown to lubricate and protect my planes at the same time. I must say it worked really well, and several hours later it hadn’t all evaporated away like my WD-40 treatments of past. I kind of like the smell too…don’t judge me…“To clean, lubricate and protect”-The 3-In-One mantra