O’ the joys of science and how the world works. Some things are predictable, and others are not.
Since getting the new shop operational I’ve been spending the majority of my time in it
doing some rough carpentry, nothing special mind you, just strictly functional shelves for the
basement etc. So far I’ve only needed to use my table saw, miter saw and a few hand tools
to get the job done. Think dimensional lumber and c grade plywood (functional and hidden).
This weekend we’re supposed to get hit with a winter snow storm, figured since we would be
shut in for at least a day, I would stop by our local lumber store and pick up some specimens
and make a hand plane or two.
Went over to wheel out my jointer and discovered some heavy rust on the bed and a light dusting
on the fence. Guess my packaging for the move and half a dozen disectant (sp) pouches weren’t
good enough, specially with all the ice and rain we’ve been getting of late and a semi-heated garage.
Spent the last two hours scouring the bed and fence with 00 steel wool and some all-purpose
WD-40. Got all the rust off except some ‘stains’. Even tried some citrus cleaner thinking it just
might have been some petroleum based product of some sort (I knew better but was hoping).
Applied a generous coat of paste wax, let dry and buffed off the residue in preparation of
putting it to (hopefully) good use tomorrow on the plane(s). Can’t get a good plane made without
some perfectly flat and square stock.
See you all tomorrow!
-- Still learning everything