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January 8, 2014 8:46 PM   Subscribe

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posted by feckless fecal fear mongering (9 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Excellent varnish for harness
Pulverize and put in a jug or bottle half a pound to a pound of gum shellac, cover with good alcohol and cork tightly. Put the mixture in a warm place. In about two days, if shaken frequently, the gum will be dissolved and ready for use.


Sir, I will take your word for it.
posted by figurant at 9:20 PM on January 8


I have used exactly that recipe to finish Douglas Fir cabinetry. It gives a nice dark orange shade after some years.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 9:31 PM on January 8


Reminds me of this:
Olive oil, to purify.--Put a piece of lead in the glass bottle that contains the oil, and expose to the sun; a quantity of cloudy matter will separate after a few days, then the refined oil may be decanted.
From The Art of Travel by Francis Galton, it's full of this sort of wacky advice.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 9:36 PM on January 8


Olive oil, to purify.--Put a piece of lead in the glass bottle that contains the oil, and expose to the sun; a quantity of cloudy matter will separate after a few days, then the refined oil may be decanted.

This must be for people who think they are too good to eat paint chips.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:01 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


The University of St. Andrews Special Collections Library is doing a blog series called 52 Weeks of Historical How-Tos, in which they test out 19th century recipes and household hints like these.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 5:33 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


Huh, so that's how you look a gift horse in the mouth.
posted by The Whelk at 6:10 AM on January 9 [2 favorites]


I'm amazed that whiskey was ever so cheap you'd make vinegar out of it.
posted by Mitheral at 6:40 AM on January 9


Read up on traditional American consumption rates re:whiskey. It's amazing anything got done at all.
posted by The Whelk at 6:54 AM on January 9 [1 favorite]


as far as "the usual amount of salt", etc. remember that this is from a time when anybody with a root cellar/shed/spare room would have been curing hams and bacon their whole lives, and sure as shit knew how much salt they already used.
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:51 AM on January 9


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