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Forum topic by Marn64 posted 05-28-2016 05:53 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marn64

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05-28-2016 05:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane refurbishing

My Stanley type 4 No 6’s Brazilian Rosewood knob was in pretty rough shape, with paint all over it. So I popped it on a screw and nut and put it on a drill and sanded it down to 1000 grit. I then finished it with my own method of finishing which is sort of a pseudo french polish. I then finished it with some paste wax. I surprised myself with the results, as this was my first serious refinishing on a more sought after plane. I also thought I might share my method with you all.
1. sand down to preferred grit
2. wipe the wood down with acetone and then denatured alcohol
3. do 3 to 4 layers of 50/50 blonde shellac and denatured alcohol in french polishing fashion (to add shine, but not too much)
4. do 2 to 3 layers of straight blonde shellac, sand in between if desired (this step adds a stronger layer of protection and makes sure the wood isn’t garishly shiny as if one were to do every layer french polished)
5. wipe down with paste wax


-- Benjamin, Milwaukee


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Bill White

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#1 posted 05-28-2016 06:01 PM

Pretty darned good save. Are ya gonna have to do the tote as well?
Bill

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Marn64

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 07:18 PM



Pretty darned good save. Are ya gonna have to do the tote as well?
Bill

- Bill White


Definitely, I sent it to a fellow LJ to have a new horn grafted on it.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#3 posted 05-29-2016 03:26 AM

Very nice job. Your making feel guilty for neglecting the planes I’ve got sitting on the bench awaiting my attention.

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#4 posted 05-30-2016 12:14 PM

Did the rest of the plane come out as well?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Marn64

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#5 posted 05-30-2016 07:15 PM



Did the rest of the plane come out as well?

- Don W


Sure did, I stripped the sad amount of japanning left and I’m going to do traditional japanning next week, lots of sun, great for curing!

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 03:57 PM

Please share the results of the rejapanning. That’s something I’ve been thinking of trying. I don’t like the looks of paint.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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