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.
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