I accidentally planed pressure treaded lumber, should I be worried about my planes?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by Marn64 posted 04-01-2017 10:28 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Marn64's profile


295 posts in 721 days

04-01-2017 10:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

Hey everyone,
So I was helping my dad with a deck staircase and he had a board that was too wide for a slot. He asked me if I could plane it and I did so without thinking. But I kept seeing green streaks in the wood and asked him if it was chemically treated, he said yes. I was using my 1874 Stanley no 3 and a wooden scrub plane. Should I be worried about my planes?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

5 replies so far

View Loren's profile


10106 posts in 3583 days

#1 posted 04-01-2017 10:29 PM

I wouldn’t be.

View RogerM's profile


791 posts in 2334 days

#2 posted 04-01-2017 10:45 PM


-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

View Ron Aylor's profile

Ron Aylor

2360 posts in 582 days

#3 posted 04-02-2017 01:16 AM

Absolutely … the 1874 Stanley is ruined beyond repair. Please send it to me along with the wooden scrub plane!

PM me for my address!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

View JAAune's profile


1780 posts in 2252 days

#4 posted 04-02-2017 01:39 AM

Treated lumber can cause rust to form on metal surfaces it’s in contact with. I’m not sure if it’s because of the chemicals or if it’s the moisture that’s in fresh, treated lumber. To be on the safe side, vacuum or blow off the dust from your tools and wipe some wax or oil on the metal surfaces when you’re done working the treated lumber for the day.

-- See my work at and

View BenDupre's profile


587 posts in 423 days

#5 posted 04-02-2017 03:11 AM

Typically the copper in treated lumber can cause galvanic corrosion if metal is in contact with it. Clean up the planes and they should be fine.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics