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Protecting garden tools with wooden handles using linseed oil

This past week while working towards getting our garden in I’ve noticed the wooden handles on a few garden tools were looking pretty rough.  They’ve lost all the sealant applied by the factory and a few are shwohg signs of weather cracking.  That’s a receipe for having to replace handles.

 We just happened to have a quart of boiled linseed oil to help remedy this issue.  A light sanding to remove the remaining finish and to open the grains so they can absorb the oil and we were in business.  We simply poured a bit of the linseed oil onto a rag and then rubbed it into the handle.  Everything has been treated three times so far but two of the pieces with the worst cracking will get several additional coats before we put everything away. 
There are no pictures to show what the looked like before we started, but the handles were closer to a white than the brown you see now.