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Tugboater78

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05-10-2013 06:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane refurbishing

i bid on a lot on Ebay and won some wooden hand planes, marking gauges and saw handles. The saw handles are nothing special but i have some use for them, most have the nuts that i can use on some of my grandfathers saws. The planes arn’t too bad but they all have issues, all are dirty. I’ve seen somewhere a cleaning mixture to clean wooden planes but can’t refind it. the pictures will show most of the other issues.

Just want some input from more experienced peeps on options. Wooden planes, up to this point i have never handled, much less used.

the gauges and planes

see the crack? its on both sides the blade is about gone and it seems the previous owner tried to force the wedge to hold the thinner end, as, if u look close at bottom of it in other picture the wedge actually protruded out bottom


the marking gaugees all are wooden threaded, which is cool, 2 of the three need new markers asthe wood is split where they were run through

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"


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#1 posted 05-10-2013 08:14 PM

To clean planes: 1/3 Murphy Oil Soap, 1/3 Johnson paste wax, 1/3 boiled linseed oil. Combined and mix well.
x fine steel wool and lots of paper towels.

Roger

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 09:04 PM

Thanks Roger! That’s the combo i was thinking of, I couldn’t remember the wax.

edit: would Mothers wax be the same? i have that laying around for my car

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Tim

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 12:06 AM

What’s mother’s wax and which part were you hoping to substitute it for? The mix roger mentioned is the one I’ve heard. Also can mix turpentine in there or use it separately. Google for galoot cleaner or something like that, for a similar alternative. Just know that if you clean them, you kill the collector value and move them to users. I think these are there anyway, just saying.

From what I’ve read, cracks along the sides of the mouth are pretty much fatal for wooden planes. But that doesn’t look too awful. Can’t see the others for sure without closeups but they don’t have cracks right?

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BoxBuilder

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 12:28 AM

I have found a good finish after cleaning to be one Sam Maloff wrote about. 1 part varnish, 1 part linseed oil, 1 part turpentine. Mix, let set overnight & I use this as a finish on many projects. Use as many coats as you see fit. Slop on, let sit awhile, wipe off.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 02:18 AM

Thanks guys

Mothes brand would replace Johnsons, but nevermind on that i found some johnsons at the big blue box. Im not worried about collector value so much.. tried some of the mixture on one of the marking gauges and on my stanley 71? Marking gauge. Made a read difference.

The coffin smoother is cracked near the mouth, and near the top where the wedge goes in..like they forced the wedge.

Other than some cracks in the bodys. The 2 larger planes are solid in the working areas. The totes are broke or missing, but that is all, ill post better pics up tomorrow.

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 03:46 AM

This seems the appropriate place to interject a little wisdom regarding waxes used in woodworking environments.
Johnson’s, Butcher’s, Minwax, Briwax, to name a few are all Fine. So too with Paraffin and beeswax.
But stay away from Turtle, Mother’s, Meguiar’s, etc. These are fine for your car, but most contain silicone—which can wreck havoc when it comes time to finish a workpiece.

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 05:26 AM

Thanks doc, I had heard something to that affect, but never said straight out

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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