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Restoring History-Auburn Tool Co Try Plane #5: Disapearing ink

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 07-07-2011 05:41 AM 3078 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I noticed something odd about the patina of my plane the other day. It’s signed in some way but the cursive ink is illegible at this point. I would like to bring the signature/note out somehow. I have heard that you can use a type of acid to lighten wood that will not affect ink (good for fixing old rulers where the boxwood has darkened) but have never messed with this. If I did this I would like to darken the signature, then restore the original patina on the tool.

Any ideas?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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WayneC

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 05:46 AM

It is a new technique to me….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Julio

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 10:58 AM

I am sorry I dont know anything about it I have never dealed witgh this matter before but it would be great if someone in LJ would tell us the solution

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Rob Drown

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 11:13 AM

Nice plane. Are you making a user or a collector?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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RGtools

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 02:59 PM

Wayne and Julio I am sure it’s out there I just want to be aware of any pitfallls since I only have one shot to get it right.

Thanks Rob. The restoration is primarily for the user aspect, however with a gem like this I always try to keep it’s history intact.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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tsangell

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#5 posted 07-08-2011 12:03 AM

I think they did something like this in National Treasure. Maybe your plane was built by Benjamin Franklin.

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mafe

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 01:05 AM

No I am lost there.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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RGtools

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#7 posted 07-08-2011 02:26 AM

I will have to figure this out then. I’ll use a small test area on the inside of the plane.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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WayneC

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 09:53 PM

The reference is in the Anarchist’s Tool Chest on page 132. Recommendation is for wood bleach (oxalic acid). Apply with grey pad and gloves. Let sit a few minutes, rinse with water. Wax when dry. Procedure in book is related to restoring boxwood rules.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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SCOTSMAN

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 10:25 PM

Are you referring to wood bleach perhaps? I wonder if this woukld work find out on a scrap before trying it out though. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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RGtools

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 03:45 AM

That’s the plan.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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