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04-27-2010 01:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand planes protection from rust tool tuning

I’ve been tuning my planes and I just wanted to know what is the best thing to put on the sole for it not to rust? Should i use paste wax like on my TS and other cast iron tools or is there something i can put on it first then wax? Help please, i also need help tuning them too this is hard work when you have so many planes 18-20 in all the smallest is the block planes then the #4’s. It’s taking me two days to to tune three #4-1/2’s and a #5-1/2 the #5-1/2 i wish i had new but it’s cool it looks new. Help please! ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 02:16 AM

I have picked up a couple orphan planes and while getting them to work I don’t have any mentor to show me a process to set them up for best results. Hope a couple of the plane guru’s respond to bigike. It would be great if an LJ galoot did a blog on thier process for putting back together a #4 and setting all of the adjustments.


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#2 posted 04-27-2010 02:20 AM

When I lap the soles of my planes the only areas that I make sure are perfectly flat are the very front, about a quarter inch in front of and behind the mouth and the very back. You really don’t have to get the entire sole flat, if those areas are all in the same plane then it will run true. I use a marker on those areas and when the marks are gone I go on to polishing. Hope this helps and saves you a little time and sweat.

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 03:32 AM

Ike, I just use paste wax, or even candle wax when I am using them. As to tuning, there are a number of good websites that talk about it. IMHO, first make sure the iron is sharp, then try it and see how it works. As for flattening the sole, their are various camps. I agree with spkelly – though I only focus on three points – I don’t worry about the area right behind the mouth. If you are trying to lap on a flat surface with sandpaper or a similar abrasive, I think it is easy to get a convex bottom instead of flat – so check often with a straight edge, and then hit just the high spots with the abrasive.

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 03:39 AM

thanks guys for the info i just finnished the ones i was doin for the last day or so, i theink i’m just gonna put some paste wax on it and call it a day.

Steve, buddy. what do ya need to know about putting a #4 back together i’m good at this whole plane thing i just needed to know what was the good stuff to use on the sole that’s all and see if i can get some help with all 20 of my planes but i got three down so 17 to go. let me know what ya need i’ll do my best to help ya with the stuff that i learned.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 04:34 AM

I took a class on rehabbing planes and the guy told us to use Camelia (sp?) oil.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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