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Adventures in Japanning #5: Progress, finally!

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Blog entry by JayT posted 10-14-2012 11:07 PM 2758 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now satisfied with how the first coat of japanning laid down, I needed to figure out how to get a better cure. Attempts to leave the plane out in direct sunlight on a hot summer day didn’t do quite a good enough job. Several websites had mentioned baking the plane, but there was no way I was going to use the kitchen stove—for one it was brand new this summer when we remodeled the kitchen and two, I would like to continue to sleep in the same bed as my wife, not the doghouse.

Well, I did have another “oven” outside, so decided to try it. How do you like your #5, medium rare?

I turned the center burner on low to see what temps would result. Checking the thermometer after about 15 minutes showed it holding a temperature of just over 250 degrees, that should be fine. I was a little worried about putting a plane that may give off flammable fumes in a gas grill, but figured that there is enough holes in a grill (vs. the gas range in the kitchen) to keep a steady supply of fresh air. The plane was set on the grate and left for a couple of hours. Checking on it after 30 minutes showed fumes coming off and a slight odor. Not enough to be really annoying, but I wouldn’t want to use the range and have SWMBO come home and smell it.

After turning off the grill and allowing the plane to cool, I checked the finish and found a very hard, slightly shiny result. The finish was then scuffed with 400 grit sandpaper, wiped down with a paper towel dipped in xylol to remove sanding dust and a second coat of japanning applied.

Finally feels like real progress.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835



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Don W

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#1 posted 10-14-2012 11:13 PM

Yea baby!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 12:55 AM

Ooooooh, pretty. Please remind me what “blend” you used for this. BTW, I know a guy that does this in his kitchen stove. He puts the plane in the oven right after his wife goes to work and then opens all the windows and runs a couple fans :)) Almost forgot, do you cook it for another 30 minutes after you put the 2nd coat on?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 01:04 AM

Looks great JayT!

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 01:53 AM

LMFAO at the bbq….when I did this, I used the method sikrap describes…

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 08:46 AM

niiiiiice !!!! :-)
always the BBQ that save the day ….lol
are you talking farenheit or celcius when you say 250 degree

Dennis

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#6 posted 10-15-2012 10:28 AM

Dennis, 250 farenheit.

Dave, trying to steal my thunder? You are anticipating the next post.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#7 posted 10-15-2012 06:06 PM

thanks Jay :-)

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#8 posted 10-16-2012 02:29 PM

I got this off another website. Thought some of you may be interested

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15622/15622-h/15622-h.htm

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 10-16-2012 03:26 PM

thanks for the link Don :-)

Dennis

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 06:21 PM

Yabadabado
Plane BBQ, I love it.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 10-29-2012 06:33 PM

Cool thanks for sharing this technique .

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