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08-16-2017 12:03 PM

I have a box (cardboard) of old moulding planes that have the fine patina of age (dirt, grease, mold,...) Is a quick wash with dish soap ok to clear off the initial grunge? Something else? I’ll try to post some pic tonight. Thx

-- Bill - Rochester MI


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#1 posted 08-16-2017 12:44 PM

I’d try BonaX and proceed cautiously.

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 12:58 PM

Murphy’s oil soap.

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 01:51 PM

I’m with Slim. Murphey Oil Soap is a great product. I’ve also had luck with just plain old mineral spirits.
Bill

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 02:06 PM

Again, Murphy’s Oil Soap. Our town’s historical society had a tool chest hidden in the mess in the basement. We discovered about 60 wood-body planes in the chest. We used Murphy’s with great results.

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#6 posted 08-16-2017 05:34 PM

Some would say not to use a water based product like Murphy’s but I’ve had good luck with it on the old wooden items I’ve cleaned. I suppose the only thing to worry about would be a rare collectible plane such as 18th century or earlier or a famous maker, etc. Worth checking the makers marks quickly before proceeding. Try to get clear pictures of one of those or tell us what the marks say.

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#7 posted 08-16-2017 05:35 PM

Do you have that book Wayne? I’ve been considering it.

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#8 posted 08-16-2017 05:37 PM

I do. It’s an excellent book.

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#9 posted 08-16-2017 05:40 PM



Some would say not to use a water based product like Murphy s but I ve had good luck with it on the old wooden items I ve cleaned. I suppose the only thing to worry about would be a rare collectible plane such as 18th century or earlier or a famous maker, etc. Worth checking the makers marks quickly before proceeding. Try to get clear pictures of one of those or tell us what the marks say.

- Tim

Good point thanks – I’ll check first but I think these aren’t that old. They were my dad’s back when he was a Journeyman cabinetmaker in the late 30’s up until the war.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 11:28 PM

Not my formula, wish I could remember whose. Believe it came from a furniture restorer. Used on all my wood planes, smells good, too.

8 fl oz real turpentine
4 fl oz denatured alcohol
2 fl oz white vinegar
1 fl oz Murphy’s Oil Soap
1 fl oz Brasso
1 tspn household ammonia

Finish with Minwax Antique Oil Finish – planes feel incredible.

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#11 posted 08-16-2017 11:32 PM

Water based cleaning is fine, just oil the items after cleaning to prevent rust and prevent the wood from drying out.

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#12 posted 08-17-2017 01:13 AM

I use equal parts of blo, vinegar, and mineral spirits.

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#13 posted 08-17-2017 01:27 AM

Pull everything out of the box

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#14 posted 08-17-2017 01:37 AM

Cleaned with Murphy’s I see why people use it. Dirt is gone but the patina is still there.

Looks like I have a functional block plane, a 1-1/4” bull nose, a 1/2” rebate, and a small router plane. The rest don’t have blades. Mfg are Ohio Plane and Sandusky Tool Co

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#15 posted 08-17-2017 10:19 AM



Not my formula, wish I could remember whose. Believe it came from a furniture restorer. Used on all my wood planes, smells good, too.

8 fl oz real turpentine
4 fl oz denatured alcohol
2 fl oz white vinegar
1 fl oz Murphy s Oil Soap
1 fl oz Brasso
1 tspn household ammonia

Finish with Minwax Antique Oil Finish – planes feel incredible.

- ColonelTravis

Now that I have the basic dirt off them I’ll give this a try. I even have all the components laying around.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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