Sand Blasting - Hand Planes

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Blog entry by BradJacob posted 10-22-2010 07:36 PM 4535 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a lot of info here on L.J. I see some real nice work from you guys… Was wondering what kinds of sand blasting equipment you use for small tools. I looked on Harbor Freight and saw this:

Will this work to strip off paint from a hand plane (and other small items) ?

Or do I need something bigger like this:

Any help would be really appreciated.


-- - Brad

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 07:53 PM

OR – will liquid paint remover, take off Jappaning?

-- - Brad

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 08:16 PM

I have read either a post or an article (sorry, I have read so much lately I can’t quite recall) where a full restoration was done and they used a liquid paint remover, albeit a more gentler type (like the citrus kind) to remove the jappaning before taping off the sole and shiny metal parts for a coat of an epoxy paint.

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 11:26 PM

I would think that either of those would work. The downfall of either of those is that you either lose your blast material after blasting or you have to construct some means of containing it. I have used sand blasting to strip these tools and it works great, but the finish is not like a factory finish. You still have to follow up by flattening and polishing the sole and if you want a new look, you will need to do something to the sides to give it that freshly machined look. Also, you must very carefully clean all of the blast material from the plane before painting or reassembling.

I suppose the question that should be asked is, do you want the plane to work, or do you want it to look pretty. If your goal is a good user, this really isn’t necessary. The main thing to do is to clean it up really well. Then to flatten the sole,get the blade really sharp and start making shavings.


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#4 posted 10-22-2010 11:54 PM

Having never tried sandblasting, I’m not really the guy to ask which model of sandblaster to buy. What I can telll you is that on my most recent project, I restored an old Stanley No. 8 jointer plane using an electrolosis bath to remove any and all finish and rust. The japanning came off with very little work in scrubbing with a wire brush, and the only mess was the tub had to be cleaned out. This method will save you the initial cost of buying a sandblaster box, buying blasting media, cleaning the used media, storing the blaster box when not being used, etc. Just use a 12v battery charger, hook up the negative lead to your part, and the positive lead to a stainless steel bolt or someother piece of steel. The two cannot touch, and both are in the bath cosisting of water and baking soda. Make sure the baking soda is fully dissolved into a solution. When you turn on the power, all the metal in the solution will start bubbling. Let it go until it stops bubbling. This could take a few hours, or a couple of days. Mine took a couple of days.

The beauty in electrolosis is that when there’s no more to clean, the process stops, you can’t over clean the part. With sandblasting or any other abrasive process, you always will remove some base metal, but electrolosis will stop when there’s nothing left to convert. And when you take the part out, you only should have to lightly scrub the lifted finish off, if some is stuck on in some places, put it back in because it’s not done yet. Look up some sites on the web and try it. I’ll never use another chemical finish remover, or rust remover on metal again. Did I say it was environmentally friendly? Hmmmmm.


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#5 posted 10-22-2010 11:58 PM

if you deside to blast them then you cuold litteraly do it outside in the fresh air
but then you will loose all your blasting material
I wuold build a box with a glasplate on the top you have covered on the inside with
a thin clear plastic sheed you can shange when needed and build in a light (can´t remember the
best temp.on the colour ) and then cover the inside with a rubbermath
in the front you make two holes where you glue a pair of rubbergloves
then you use glass as blasting material that ain´t so rough on the tools as the specielsand is
the bottom of the case you make the wall in a slant down to a hole where you can contain the used material
and reuse

just my 2 cent

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#6 posted 10-23-2010 12:35 AM

here you see a proff build cabinet there is smaller versions too


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#7 posted 10-23-2010 03:28 AM

Thanks for input guys. I think I’ll try my electrolysis again. I’m going to use a more (wide) anode and really make sure there is good contact. I think the bath I used was too small.

I’ll definitely post pix when I’m done.

-- - Brad

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 01:35 AM

hello Brad
I just fell over this plan of a sandblasting cabinet

take care

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