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MrMenessis

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09-23-2013 05:13 PM

I picked up a #6 Stanley at the flea market. Started at getting the sole flattened. Sanded the tote down but can’t get rid of the black stains in some areas. I was thinking of putting tongue oil on it when done. So I am wondering if there is a way to clean it up without sanding any further? Some sort of paint thinner or something?

I will post a pic just as soon as my batteries are charged up. :(

Thanks

Menessis


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#1 posted 09-23-2013 05:24 PM

I was thinking of putting tongue oil on it when done.

You have no idea where that tote has been for the last 50+ years but you’re going to french kiss it? :)

Tung Oil might be safer, but it’s your taste buds…

If the tote is that generic blond hardwood that was black-lacquered then you might not be able to sand out the stains. You could try wood bleach, but it would be easier to get some black dye (my favorite) or do a fake rosewood dye and then put a clear finish over that.

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 05:25 PM

Kind of hard to tell without photos, but the rosewood tote is going to darken a lot when you put an oil on it, so you probably will not find those dark areas very noticeable at all.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 05:26 PM

Joe makes a good point… I was assuming it was a rosewood tote.

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 05:28 PM

Waiting for the photos. :)

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 05:43 PM

Joe you made me laugh. I’m not awake yet. I had to read it twice to figure out what you where talking about. Good one.

Not sure what kind of wood it is. It kind of looks like oak to me. I think the plane is from the 60’s if that helps. I will put a pic of it before I started sanding. It’s kind of a brown colour….not black. So I guess I should have said brown stains!

Menessis

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 06:51 PM

OK here are the pics so far.

I’m talking about the stains around the screw hole and the end grain in general. Its sanded with 220 at this point.

And a group shot. The sole was really bad. That’s done with 80 grit so far.

So what will look good as far as the tote and knob go? I don’t like the black idea.

Menessis

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#7 posted 09-23-2013 08:23 PM

Is it Beech?

Menessis

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 08:25 PM

yes

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 08:28 PM

I typically use the darkest Danish oil I have on hand for the lighter hardwood totes. I do like Joe’s idea of some fake rosewood stain as well. It really depends on your taste. I don’t care for light colored wood on planes, but that’s just a personal preference.

But then, I don’t typically try to get all the history out of the plane. It’s just another personal preference.

And yes its Beech.

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MrMenessis

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 09:29 PM

I like that idea of the rose wood stain. Don’t want it black, but don’t want it too light either.

Before I finish lapping the sole do I need to put the frog back in and lap it together?

Menessis

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 09:31 PM

Before I finish lapping the sole do I need to put the frog back in and lap it together

that is the recommended approach. All back together with the blade fully retracted.

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 10:37 PM


ZAR Rosewood 124 Oil-Based Wood Stain - Quart

Once you stain it, a coat of Deft Clear Enamel will do the trick.

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 10:39 PM

Are you going to really lap the sole with something like this?
http://www.veritastools.com/products/Page.aspx?p=448
Then best install the frog and blade.
If just using sandpaper on a piece of glass “sanding” probably does not matter much.

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MrMenessis

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 01:00 AM

No I will be glueing the paper to glass or granite.

Menessis

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 01:51 AM

IMHO, you should definitely install the frog, iron, chip breaker and lever cap. Like Don said, just make sure the iron is fully retracted.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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