Veritas No.6 Cleanup

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Forum topic by Hugh_McAndrew posted 08-24-2013 08:33 PM 935 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2013 08:33 PM

Hey guys, I’m looking for a little advice on cleaning up a plane. I found this Veritas #6 bench plane at a local flea market and it’s been abused a little and has some rust, particularly on one side. What’s the best way to clean it up? Should I start with evapo-rust or just sand it off by lapping it, or something else entirely? I think I read somewhere that a scotch-brite pad might do a decent job.

Thanks for any advice you might be able to give!

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 08:41 PM

soak it in white vinager overnight and wipe the rust off with a brillo pad the next day. mix some baking soda with water and wipe it down to neutralize the acids in the vinager to prevent flash rusting then just clean it off dry it and reseal it.

-- jesse

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 08:46 PM

Wow, a Veritas at a flea market. Nice find.

I’d start by taking all the parts off, to see if there is any hidden rust behind the frog, etc. Then get a wire cup and knock down the flaking rust on the one side. The bottom doesn’t look bad. That could be cleaned up with some steel wool or scotch brite pads. Once all the major rust is off, go buy some Barkeepers Friend at the hardware store and clean the rusted spots with it. It has oxalic acid, which will neutralize the rust.

Then a wipe down with DNA and some light oil on everything, and you’ll be able to go on to sharpening the blade and using it. I personally wouldn’t worry about lapping the sides, but you can if you want.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 10:02 PM

I’ll second the ”Wow, a Veritas at a flea market. Nice find.”

Everything mentioned will work. Any kind of rust remover, PB blaster, evapo-rust, or even just a good wire wheel. Your probably going to have some pitting on that one front corner. I’d just get rid of the rust and ignore it. Keep it oiled or waxed like you do all of your tools.

Keep us updated on your progress.

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