Fixing up knob and tote on old Stanley hand plane

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Brett posted 06-28-2011 04:11 AM 2930 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Brett's profile


660 posts in 2646 days

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?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

2 replies so far

View WayneC's profile


13753 posts in 4061 days

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

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

I sand and use schellac…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Dan's profile


3630 posts in 2844 days

#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"

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