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I recently saw a YouTube video with a finish that was highly recommended for tool handles (and any wood used outdoors) that contained pine tar. It was a mixture of approximately 1/6 pure (creosote free) pine tar, 1/6 mineral spirits (or turpentine), 1/2 boiled linseed oil, and 1/6 beeswax (small bean-sized pellets of beeswax added to the heated mixture). After heating over low heat and mixing until all ingredients were incorporated, the mixture was cooled to room temperature and looked like a very thick but malleable paste. It provided a light stain that brought out the grain but wasn't too dark. I suppose one could increase the amount of pine tar for a darker stain. I read other posts extolling the virtures of incorporating pine tar in finishes because of it's ability to repel insects and mold. Has anyone used something like this as a finish? So far I've used Watco Teak Oil and Homer Formby's Tung oil varnish (separate finishes on different sticks). I used several coats of boiled linseed oil to finish a cedar walking stick I made years ago.