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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 02-17-2018 02:46 PM 531 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bbasiaga

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02-17-2018 02:46 PM

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I got a rust bucket plane, and the tote and knob were badly in need of a refinish. Theyvwere covered in paimt in places (green) and had the finish chippimg off in others. So i sanded them and got to the base wood. There isnt much figure and it is a plain brown. I am not sure i have seen rosewood before in an undlfinished state, but there isnt much rosy about this. :)

The plane is a type 16 or later. No patent dates, has brass hardware, kidney bean lever cap, Made in the USA …so it is right on the border of a when they would have switched to hardwood from e rosewood.

Looking to darken it a bit for the more original look. Thinking Danish oil with shellac or lacquer over it. I have heard rosewood gets really dark with an oil finish, so if this is rosewood I’d go with the natural color. If not I may get a walnut color.

Thanks.
Brian

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#1 posted 02-17-2018 03:25 PM

Some plane makers also used Mahogany instead of Rosewood….

BLO turned my rosewood handled planes black…BTW

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#2 posted 02-17-2018 05:41 PM

There are many different kinds of rosewood. The old growth original Brazilian was the darkest I believe. I really can’t tell the difference, but east Indian is dark as well. You will find several different kinds on stanley planes, especially in the later years.

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#3 posted 02-17-2018 06:22 PM

As best as I can tell from a photograph it looks like rosewood.

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#4 posted 02-17-2018 06:45 PM

BLO will almost blacken it at times.

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#5 posted 02-18-2018 01:29 PM

It does appear to be rosewood, a lot of Stanley handles appears to be made from burls so grain patterns and color shades can cover a wide spectrum of color and grain patterns. Try clear shellac and you will know if it’s rosewood.

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bbasiaga

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#6 posted 02-18-2018 08:38 PM

Thanks guys. I hit it with Natural color danish oil, and it turned in to this:

Pretty close to what they looked like without the green paint. I do want to put some lacquer on there to give them a bit of a sheen, but I have to wait a few days for the danish oil to dry.

I expected rosewood to be…well…rose colored under the finish. I guess I learned something!

-Brian

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#7 posted 02-19-2018 01:37 AM

I expected rosewood to be…well…rose colored under the finish. I guess I learned something!

-Brian

- bbasiaga

FYI, rosewood got its name because of the floral aroma when cut and worked, not the appearance.

Any time I’ve put an oil finish on old rosewood, it goes almost black. What I now do to avoid that is sand the rosewood up to a very high grit (usually 1500 or 2000) and then coat with just paste wax. It keeps the color better and feels good in the hand. Doesn’t give a lot of sheen or protection, however.

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#8 posted 02-19-2018 02:33 AM

Ditto. I find 600g abranet is just right.

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