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Cleaning old moulding planes

by Bluenote38
posted 08-16-2017 12:03 PM


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gargey

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 12:44 PM

I’d try BonaX and proceed cautiously.

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 12:58 PM

Murphy’s oil soap.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Bill White

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 01:51 PM

I’m with Slim. Murphey Oil Soap is a great product. I’ve also had luck with just plain old mineral spirits.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 02:06 PM

Again, Murphy’s Oil Soap. Our town’s historical society had a tool chest hidden in the mess in the basement. We discovered about 60 wood-body planes in the chest. We used Murphy’s with great results.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#5 posted 08-16-2017 03:19 PM

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#6 posted 08-16-2017 05:34 PM

Some would say not to use a water based product like Murphy’s but I’ve had good luck with it on the old wooden items I’ve cleaned. I suppose the only thing to worry about would be a rare collectible plane such as 18th century or earlier or a famous maker, etc. Worth checking the makers marks quickly before proceeding. Try to get clear pictures of one of those or tell us what the marks say.

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#7 posted 08-16-2017 05:35 PM

Do you have that book Wayne? I’ve been considering it.

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#8 posted 08-16-2017 05:37 PM

I do. It’s an excellent book.

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

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#9 posted 08-16-2017 05:40 PM



Some would say not to use a water based product like Murphy s but I ve had good luck with it on the old wooden items I ve cleaned. I suppose the only thing to worry about would be a rare collectible plane such as 18th century or earlier or a famous maker, etc. Worth checking the makers marks quickly before proceeding. Try to get clear pictures of one of those or tell us what the marks say.

- Tim

Good point thanks – I’ll check first but I think these aren’t that old. They were my dad’s back when he was a Journeyman cabinetmaker in the late 30’s up until the war.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 11:28 PM

Not my formula, wish I could remember whose. Believe it came from a furniture restorer. Used on all my wood planes, smells good, too.

8 fl oz real turpentine
4 fl oz denatured alcohol
2 fl oz white vinegar
1 fl oz Murphy’s Oil Soap
1 fl oz Brasso
1 tspn household ammonia

Finish with Minwax Antique Oil Finish – planes feel incredible.

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#11 posted 08-16-2017 11:32 PM

Water based cleaning is fine, just oil the items after cleaning to prevent rust and prevent the wood from drying out.

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#12 posted 08-17-2017 01:13 AM

I use equal parts of blo, vinegar, and mineral spirits.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Bluenote38

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#13 posted 08-17-2017 01:27 AM

Pull everything out of the box

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bluenote38

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#14 posted 08-17-2017 01:37 AM

Cleaned with Murphy’s I see why people use it. Dirt is gone but the patina is still there.

Looks like I have a functional block plane, a 1-1/4” bull nose, a 1/2” rebate, and a small router plane. The rest don’t have blades. Mfg are Ohio Plane and Sandusky Tool Co

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bluenote38

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#15 posted 08-17-2017 10:19 AM



Not my formula, wish I could remember whose. Believe it came from a furniture restorer. Used on all my wood planes, smells good, too.

8 fl oz real turpentine
4 fl oz denatured alcohol
2 fl oz white vinegar
1 fl oz Murphy s Oil Soap
1 fl oz Brasso
1 tspn household ammonia

Finish with Minwax Antique Oil Finish – planes feel incredible.

- ColonelTravis

Now that I have the basic dirt off them I’ll give this a try. I even have all the components laying around.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Bluenote38

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#16 posted 08-17-2017 11:44 AM

Oh and the No 12 is a Miller Falls no handle/no blade

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#17 posted 08-17-2017 07:30 PM

denatured alcohol and steel wool works well.

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Bluenote38

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#18 posted 08-18-2017 12:39 AM

Ok, the Ohio Tool No. 47 Dado is cutting. Looks like I need to find or make a nicker(?)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#19 posted 10-22-2017 02:46 PM

Hey, you still have that scraper?

-- MFia-made man. But that doesn't mean I don't dig my 45. Minneapolis/St. Paul, burbs.

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