In case you don’t follow rarewoods.us (also known as Travis Knapp) on Instagram, I share with you this cool (and inexpensive) tool lube solution he’s now offering: mutton tallow in a tube.
For just $5, you get the convenience of keeping your hands clean while swiping greasy tallow (greasy is good!) on your plane, sawplate…whatever you have that needs to get slickery for better work. Tallow doesn’t interfere with glue adhesion or finishes, is slicker than parrafin, and doesn’t wear off the blade as quickly as parrafin or beeswax.
The “100% Pure Organic Tallow Tool Lube” is, well, 100 percent organic, from grass-fed sheep (but no, I’m afraid the tallow was not obtained by liposuction). And Travis says there’s no odor.
I keep a tube of Blistex Complete Moisture in my tool chest (for my lips, not for my tools). Luckily, the packaging is a different color. But if I get them mixed up, a little tallow wouldn’t kill me (needs mint jelly).