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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 241 days ago 572 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lateralus819

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241 days ago

Curious if any of you found products that can bring a high polish to the sole and sides of a plane? The wire wheel works good and gives it a nice shine, but was looking for something a little shinier.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin


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crank49

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#1 posted 241 days ago

Sure. Just take it through the grits on finer and finer SC paper. Just like you do to sharpen using the “Scary Sharp” method. You can create a mirror surface if you wish.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 241 days ago

and/or buy some polishing wheels and compound.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lateralus819

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#3 posted 241 days ago

Forgot to mention, would rather not go the sandpaper route.. takes forever. How do the wheels and compounds work don? I use a polishing compound for brass and it works wonders, not so much on the cast iron.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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Don W

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#4 posted 241 days ago

It depends. You have to get it to some resemblance of smooth with sandpaper first. Usually to at least 600 grit.

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ToddJB

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#5 posted 241 days ago

This is my go to http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002P51S72

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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lateralus819

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#6 posted 241 days ago

Actually i was checking those out. I noticed your planes look REALLY shiny, do you do any work prior to using them?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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Bill White

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#7 posted 241 days ago

Isn’t that a little too much? Mirror finish on a plane? Why, unless that’s just what ya want?
OK! My contribution:
Some MAAS metal polish and rubbed in with aluminum foil. That’ll work pretty well.
Bill

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ToddJB

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#8 posted 241 days ago

If its tarnish or rust the wheel is all I use. If it has gunk on it I’ll clean it first then use the wheel. And it goes very quick in my opinion. I use it on all steel and iron.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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lateralus819

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#9 posted 241 days ago

What if the iron is clean, such as after a bath in evaporust, its fine to use?

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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ToddJB

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#10 posted 241 days ago

That’s what did.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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lateralus819

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#11 posted 241 days ago

Cool! Was just curious if it could hurt the metal or not.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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ToddJB

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#12 posted 241 days ago

If you really push hard for extended amounts of time it will get too hot to touch, but I don’t think its ever gotten hot enough to effect temper.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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lateralus819

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#13 posted 241 days ago

I was speaking in terms of eating through the metal.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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ToddJB

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#14 posted 241 days ago

Not that I experienced bit I’m sure you could go over board

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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Don W

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#15 posted 241 days ago

the reason most users do not get polished is the work it creates trying to keep a user in that condition in the shop. You’ll spend more time wiping off finger prints than planing wood.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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