|Forum topic by Chris Campbell||posted 06-05-2012 12:08 PM||3561 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-05-2012 12:08 PM
So, I recently purchased an old Millers Falls hand plane, I think it’s a 14 (14” long, like a #5). Paid about $30 for it at Tried and True Tools in Fridley, MN (great store!) One side is a little off-square, but I figure that if I use it primarily for smoothing, that shouldn’t make too much difference.
I’m going to try to rehab it – I think I have a good idea of how to proceed. Will purchase a new blade, etc.
My question is this. The handles are wood with some old paint on them. I would like to strip the paint to have a natural wood finish on the handles.
What finish would you use on the handles? I hope to get some use out of this plane, so it would have to be one that can stand up to use. I am new to this, so do not have a lot of (any) experience with these old planes.
Also, if anyone has experience with this brand and has any particular insights, it would be appreciated.
-- Chris, Minneapolis