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Hand Plane Revival #2: The clean up process

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Blog entry by Willeh posted 02-02-2012 09:53 PM 3663 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Restoring a bench plane on a budget Part 2 of Hand Plane Revival series Part 3: Flattening the sole and sides »

The first step to reviving an old hand plane is to try to get it looking like something that you wouldnt mind having in your tool box.

I start by disassembling the entire tool and laying out the parts to assess the condition and work involved.

I then take a firm brush and remove all of the dust and dirt, followed by a wire brush/steel wool to remove any of the loose, rough rust and dirt particles. Once i’ve got it down to the raw rusty parts, I use Permatex Naval Jelly (Phosphoric Acid) (Obtainable at your local hardwar store for less than $5, and you will only use 1/8th of a bottle to do one plane). Using a brush, Paint the jelly over the metal surfaces of all parts (wipe it off of any painted parts before too long), and leave it to soak for 5-20 minutes, depending on how bad the rust was (For this plane, it took 2 coats of 20 minutes and will probably need a bit more on a few parts).
Remember to use rubber gloves and safety goggles while handing the Naval Jelly.

After time has passed, rinse off all of the naval jelly with clear cold water and towel dry all parts. Once that has been done, you can give it all another scrub with steel wool, or even better, if you have a dremel, polish everything with a brass brush wheel. Take plenty of time to clean the sliding surfaces on the frog and inside of the sole down to bare metal.

The results are pretty good with not too much time and effort, and you don’t lose the original Japanning:

Once you’ve done that, re-assemble the plane for the next step: flattening the sole.

Already starting to look pretty good for a total of 45 minutes of work so far isnt it?

Next step will be the flattening of the sole, frog and work on the blade.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 09:59 PM

Movin right along there! That naval jelly sure stinks like heck though dont it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Willeh

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 10:14 PM

Yes, not pleasant at all.. kind of a chemical/rotton eggs smell

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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Richforever

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 11:14 PM

Reminds me of when I was in the navy. Yuck!

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 02-02-2012 11:26 PM

Yea i just got done using some on a jointer restore im in the middle of and man that stuff is gag worthy. I would have gone the evaporust route but i didnt have the muscle to flip that tank over on its bed.

Good ventilation should be had when using this stuff.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 12:55 AM

Great restore. You couldn’t even read the “Bailey” and “No 4” text in the before picture because there was so much dirt, but it all cleaned up nicely. I’ve tried using naval jelly but to be honest I didn’t find it all that effective compared to Evaporust, which works miracles, it seems.

Any planes to work on the tote and knob?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Dave

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 04:45 PM

Great restore. You brought it back. I hope it serves you well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Willeh

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 10:34 PM

Still lots of work to go yet to get it to be a high performing user, hopefully get through the next stages this weekend.

I do plan to work on the tote and knob, but i’ll do that later. I can do the lapping with the unrestored knob/tote right away, but if i take them and strip them and sand and refinish, could be days before they’re ready to go..

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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