|Forum topic by TuffO||posted 03-17-2016 05:48 AM||720 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
03-17-2016 05:48 AM
Hello gentleman! Long time lurker here. Finally posting and ready to ask some questions of you all. I am new to the world of traditional hand tool woodworking. I grew up in the trades and am a rough an finish carpenter by trade. I am new to the use and care of traditional woodworking tools in the aspect of furniture making (which is what I am starting to do for fun). I have accumulated a decent collection of tools and related items and it is time to start refurbishing them back to service. The main tools that I need to work on are my planes and handsaws. I have some questions about the processes of bringing these back to service.
For my hand planes I am dissembling them and doing them one at a time to keep all the parts straight. After a general light cleaning I need to get the rust off the metal parts. As far as i can tell Evapo-Rust is the best product for this, is that a correct assessment? after that I need to get everything flattened back down. I have a flat marble slab and tried to use wet/dry sandpaper on top but it is taking forever. Is there a faster or more effective way to true the sole? Can I lap it? Or is there a more effective way like a diamond plate or something? (I need to be able to do sizes from a small block plane up to a Stanley No 6). After that i need to sharpen the blades and tune the chip breaker. What systems do you guys use to do this? Got Links?
After my planes I need to work on my hand saws. I want to get all the rust off of the plates and all the dirt and grim off of the tote. I have heard of guys using WD40 and wet/dry sand paper to clean up the plate. I was wondering if there is a more efficient way to clean the plates like using the Evapo-Rust. My concern is that it will remove the etchings though, which I of course want to leave in tacked. I have also heard of using navel jelly to remove rust but again in don’t want the etchings affected and I don’t know how it would affect wood if I happened to get some on the tote for example.
Thank you for reading through this long winded post and I really appreciate any information, links or other pages you guys can provide. These are not all the questions I have but a good starting point to help me get started in this journey. You all are great bunch of people on here and I can’t wait to show off the newly restored tools thanks to you all. Cheers!