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Forum topic by rfusca posted 06-22-2013 06:39 PM 1352 views 2 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2013 06:39 PM

I’ve been restoring some old hand planes and just wanted to drop this info here.

LA’s Awesome Orange cleaner from Dollar Tree for $1/gallon does an AMAZING job of doing an initial cleaning. It ate right through some super old grease that had dried on my latest one. Soak for an hour, brush off the ‘big’ stuff and drop back in overnight. The night morning just a wipe and rinse and its great!

I’ve tried various paint strippers but Jasco’s Premium Paint and Epoxy Stripper (available at Lowe’s) is great stuff. Takes off excess japanning or paint in 10-15 minutes, you can see the paint curl up as it removes it. Very nice stuff.

For rust, I use electrolysis and harvested the power supply from old computers they were throwing away at work.

Anyway, just wanted to drop the info since I had trouble finding specific product recommendations when I was starting.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#1 posted 06-22-2013 07:21 PM

Chris… CPU power supplies? And they work? I was on the hunt for a manual batter charger to begin my electrolysis venture after getting a lot of 12 planes and assorted metal. (was told automatics could auto-shut off).

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 07:37 PM

@holbs Yup, a CPU power supply. You can modify it for use as a ‘benchtop power supply’ and it works great. Google one of 1000’s of instrutables for how to modify it simply – it just needs a particular pin shorted.

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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#3 posted 06-22-2013 11:17 PM

thanks for the info. Favorited for the next rusty old plane.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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