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Posted on Bought a 22" wooden plane, got a couple questions

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 01:18 PM

Other than rust removal and sharpening, I plan to scrape or sand the body, flatten the bottom if necessary, and get to using it. Anything else I should be thinking about or doing to it?
- JohnMcClure

John, I would definitely spend the time to flatten the bottom via whatever means necessary. As to the remainder of the plane I would simply use a plane polish to clean it up, leaving the patina. The polish I use is one part boiled linseed oil, one part Murphy s Oil Soap, and two parts bees wax. Just rub this concoction all over and it will remove the dirt and grime. I use this on my planes every couple of months.
Bees wax = bees wax candle, grated, mixed with turpentine to soften to the consistency of room temperature butter.
- Ron Aylor

I flattened my wooden plane on the jointer, working against the twist I had. Be careful to take minimal cuts and measure the mouth opening after every pass, seriously. If you absolutely have to, you could probably shim the rear of the plane’s mouth with very thin veneer. Doing that, however, could possibly make the wedge more difficult to use. Bottom line, go as slow as you can while flattening… Good luck!

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