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Jointer plane brought back to life

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Blog entry by roha2236 posted 01-09-2018 05:23 PM 477 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I opened the box containing my Veritas jointer plane and to my horror I found this:

How on earth did this happen?!?

First a little about my shop. It’s a basement shop on a concrete slab. It has flooded in the past (sump pumps have since been replaced) but stayed contained to certain areas. I’ve always just left my hand planes in their original boxes to tuck away when not in use. Small shop – limited space. Easiest place to hide the behemoth jointer plane box was on the ground under my makeshift bench. This area of the shop never got touched by the water, although I don’t think that matters on concrete. I’m guessing there was enough moisture in the concrete slab for the cardboard box to wick and create a humidor for my plane. The side the plane was resting on got the worst of the rust (first picture), but upon disassembly it was clear that pretty much every part had oxidized to some degree.

I considered using a chemical bath like Evaporust since it appears to work beautifully, but decided on using elbow grease. I wanted it to require a lot of effort so that I’d learn my lesson and hopefully avoid a similar situation in the future. I think my penance will be an effective deterrent.

I started with a wire wheel on my impact driver to get the majority of the surface rust off the sole and green scotch brite on the smaller pieces. After reassembly I finished off the sole with LOTS of passes on PSA sandpaper (P120, P150) stuck to a granite slab.

I’ve successfully resuscitated the plane but I think I’ll keep working on the sole to remove all remaining scratch marks left by the aggressive wire wheel. There are a couple small spots with pitting that I’d like to work on too.

Needless to say, protecting cast iron tools from corrosion isn’t optional! I think it’s time to make some pretty storage for my hand planes.

So, what are some of your favorite anti-corrosion treatments?

-- Roman



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#1 posted 01-09-2018 05:56 PM

Pretty or not, just get those planes off the ground! Especially the $500.00 ones!!! I keep it simple. I use paste wax on mine, and have paraffin that I apply during use. That being said, I live in Phoenix, so I can drop anywhere and they will stay rust free…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#2 posted 01-09-2018 05:57 PM

Pretty or not, just get those planes off the ground! Especially the $500.00 ones!!! Geez, I saw your pictures and started to tear up a little. I’ll be you were a little sick to your stomach as well.

I keep it simple. I use paste wax on mine, and have paraffin that I apply during use. That being said, I live in Phoenix, so I can drop anywhere and they will stay rust free…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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