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Forum topic by Brett posted 06-28-2011 04:11 AM 2669 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brett

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06-28-2011 04:11 AM

Can anyone share some tips on fixing up the knob and tote from an old hand plane? Should I sand or strip off the old finish (anybody know what it is)? What is a good stain/sealer/finish to use?

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 04:17 AM

The best resource I know of is on the Rexmill site…

http://home.comcast.net/~rexmill/planes101/handle_repair/handle.htm

I sand and use schellac…

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 07:14 AM

I used to sand mine with sandpaper but I then changed over to using the scotch or 3m abrasive pads. The pads are much finer, last longer and IMO work much better on the Rosewood. I have Green, Red, Silver and white pads I and I use them in that order. The white is super fine and will really give you a nice super smooth surface.

I also found the sandpaper a lot harder to get around the curves of the tote where the abrasive pads work much better. The knobs I put on a bolt tighten it with a nut and chuck it in the drill press and sand with the pads.

I have used shellac, clear lacquer, poly and tung oil for finishes and I personally think Lacquer and tung oil give the best finished look. I usually use lacquer though because I can spray finish and it drys fast.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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