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Forum topic by GrumpyCub posted 06-28-2016 12:57 AM 354 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2016 12:57 AM

I am currently working on restoring two bench planes: a type 6 No. 4, and a type 20 No.4. I am having an issue with each and I am hoping for some advice.

First the Type 6. I am working on flattening the sole and I am just about there. I am using 100 grit sand paper on a piece of granite. I have begun to notice some chips in the back of the throat and I am wondering if this is going to be a problem. Please see pic below:

Pictured below is my Type 20. You can see what appears to be oxidization on the sole. I have flattened this sole and removed all rust. I have tried coating with wax and I have tried oil. The “oxidization” is occurring under paste wax in this pic. Has anyone encountered this phenomenon and if so, can you suggest how to fix it?

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#1 posted 06-28-2016 01:27 AM

Re: the small chip-outs… long as there isn’t any burrs that would scratch the surface you would be running the plane on…..don’t even worry about them.

Re: those markings…..Walk into Wallmart, go to the auto section and pick up a $4.99 can of stuff called NevRDull. You open the can just long enough to pull out a wad from inside, then close the lid tight. Then just rub the wad all over the sole of the plane. Then allow to sit awhile before you wipe it down. Repeat as needed.

The oxidation is because the humidity in the air. Wipe the sole dry, apply a coat of wax before the sole sweats again. Like…wipe down, drop the rag, wipe with a wax.

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#2 posted 06-28-2016 04:25 AM

Cast iron is very porous. Clean well. Wax. Let dry. Wipe w clean cloth. And repeat a couple times.

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 12:10 PM

Thanks for the advise! I assumed it was oxidization, but its only happening on one plane so it kind of threw me for a loop. I’ll try the NevRDull and take care to make sure its dry before I wax.

Thanks again!

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 01:39 PM

The chips behind the blade are inconsequential.

As is the staining.

Don’t worry about it just start using them!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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