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Forum topic by JamieH posted 01-01-2012 12:30 AM 1176 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2012 12:30 AM

low angle block plane has pretty good rust on the sole. I dont want to damage it any further. Any suggestions? Is my only answer sandpaper and a flat surface? ughhhhh. I feel sick.

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 12:34 AM

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 03:43 AM

Here is my advice: Use a sharp razor blade to “shave” the rust from the sole. For any remaining rust or oxidation, use a grey (not maroon) scotch brite pad lubed with WD-40 to scrub the affected areas. If you are concerned with affecting flatness, then use 320-400 grit Silicon carbide wet-or-dry lubed as above on a flat surface. In my experience – all of the well-known rust removers (Evaporust, naval jelly, citric acid) will impart an ugly cast to your plane.

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 03:50 AM

I use a brass “suede brush” (get one in the shoe care section or at
a leather repair shop) to get top rust off. After than I use a
“Wunderbar” (available from Garrett Wade).

Actually, don’t freak out. If I freaked out every time a tool got some
rust on it I would have quit this stuff years ago to escape the stress.

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 03:51 AM


You might try giving LN a call. I bet that they will give you some good ideas about the best approach.

Good luck.

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 04:30 AM

It is an omen. God is telling you to put away your foolish primitive tools. Coveteth not thy neighbors planes. ;=)

Seriously, Evaporust.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 04:51 AM

Ouch, I saw someone use white rubbing compound on a piece of glass, just move it around on it. They removed most of the rust first with a plastic razor blade

-- Norman

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 05:18 AM

It’s trashed, you might as well send it to me so I can give it the disposal rites it deserves.

Sorry to hear about the accident. I hope you get it cleaned up nicely and put it back to work.


-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 05:30 AM

Evaporust is great. I used it to restore a plane that was solid rust into something shiny and useable.

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 06:27 AM

Razor blade and light grey (fine) Scotch bright. Abralon also makes 4000 pads that give a nice polish.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 07:54 AM

I wouldn’t use chemical dips unless I absolutely had to. I would first try mineral spirits and a light scotch brite or steel wool. If that isn’t enough, maybe a brass brush or even a wire wheel on a Dremel. A call to Lie Nielsen will give you a definitive strategy – fo’ sho’.

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 08:02 AM

Have you tried just oil and a tooth brush? Surface rust can come off really easily. I have rubbed off rust with just a paper towel and mineral oil.

If you want to see how Shannon Rogers gets rid of rust on his LN block plane, watch this video.

FWIW, I would use a chemical as a last resort. Just clean the plane and oil it up. You will be fine.

I just use 3 in 1 oil because paying $20 for a bottle of camellia oil sounds ludicrous.

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