Electrolysis for Rust Removal and Plane Rehab Series #1: Stanley Block Plane

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Blog entry by Sandking posted 06-14-2009 06:27 AM 5990 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I was going to paint my medicine cabinet (see other blog) but it started raining. Instead I decided to try my hand at electrolysis (thanks to David here on Lumberjocks). I went up to the attic where I had some old planes I’ve collected that I would one day rehab. When I first started this hobby a few years ago I purchased some hand planes that were already rehabed to start with and then just picked rusted ones up as I found them. I thought I’d try my hand at taking something three times older than me and putting it to use.

I used Oci-clean since I had picked some up at Costco last week for this purpose.

This is a Stanley I believe 220? That is what’s one the blade but I can’t seem to find a similar block plane on Patrick’s Blood and Gore website. Here is the before:

Broken down and ready to go:

After 4 hours in the bath I rinsed with water while brushing with a brass bristle brush, dried with a heat gun and sprayed with a couple of coats of WD-40.

Tomorrow I’ll take care of the knob that locks down the cap. The only thing I don’t understand is I thought this process would not take off the japaning, but it all came off?

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 06:47 AM

Very nice job !!! Be sure to post the finished pictures…that old plane looks like it will give you years of fine service.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 07:21 AM

I don’t believe that is japanning on that plane. It looks like regular paint. Japanning is thicker than that. I just did two planes this way. One was an old Bailey, with japanning, and it all stayed on. The other was a Great Neck Corsair plane, which was painted, and almost all the paint came off. On that one I only had to do the frog and the blade so the body of the plane is still painted but the frog is all bare now.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 07:37 AM

thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 05:08 PM

Cool! Thanks for sharing the photos.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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