Has anyone else noticed this rust issue with their Veritas planes?

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Forum topic by Lumberpunk posted 12-19-2014 11:23 PM 1736 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2014 11:23 PM

Ok so I have 3 planes from Veritas (LAB, LAJ and Small Shoulder) and a Stanley No 4 from the early 1900’s and a WWII era Miller Falls No 7 as well as a POS contractor grade Stanley block plane. I am noticing that all my Veritas planes rust while none of the antiques do (the POS rusts but at a way slower rate than the Veritas). I am religious about wiping my planes with machine oil after every use and weekly if they are not getting used but I am still seeing this and I am wondering if anyone knows why?

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 11:41 PM

Hmmm I’m curious about this also. I don’t own any veritas but I don’t have much of a problem with my vintage planes. I use paste wax on my planes and not machine oil.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#2 posted 12-20-2014 12:19 AM

My LN do it too. It is frustrating. My antique planes have been lapped and oiled and dont show the same signs.

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#3 posted 12-20-2014 12:33 AM

I have several Veritas as well as LN planes that get regular use and two newish Stanley planes that see very little use. We don’t have much moisture here in Southern California but enough that I have to be vigilant about rust. I don’t see any difference in the rust buildup between any of my tools.

-- Ken

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#4 posted 12-20-2014 12:47 AM


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#5 posted 12-20-2014 01:58 AM

A couple of my Veritas planes have gotten small patches of light rust. I usually have a coat of 3 in One oil on my planes, and the rust happens in the spring and fall.

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#6 posted 12-20-2014 04:07 AM

I have a New Stanley SweetHeart Bevel up Jack and a #92 rabbit plane and they both do this also.
Must be something about the iron.

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#7 posted 12-20-2014 05:18 AM

Yeah, I have on my Veritas #4 smoothing plane. When I received it for Christmas 4 years ago, it almost looked to nice to use, let alone leave out in my shop with fluctuating temperature and humidity. I got over it and started using it and didn’t touch it for a few months over the summer while in a plastic drawer with a desiccant pack to keep the enclosure dry. I was mortified to see what was recently perfectly machined iron now covered with light surface rust (on the iron too). Though it was almost all superficial, some remnants are still visible and serve as a reminder to be diligent when cleaning and waxing my tools. Mostly I use Bostik TopCote on all machined surfaces and it seems to do a pretty good job.

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#8 posted 12-20-2014 06:10 AM

I’ve found that mine are sensitive to fingerprint tarnishing. I now wipe them with jojoba oil or paste wax after each use and it hasn’t been a problem since.

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#9 posted 12-20-2014 06:35 AM

It is definitely related to the metal alloy used. The higher quality metal used must rust more easily than the lower quality of the old iron totes.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#10 posted 12-20-2014 07:51 AM

Finger print tarnishing as well over here.

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#11 posted 12-20-2014 09:04 AM

The new planes are made with modern more stable cast iron alloys such as one trade name “Durabar”. Really nice to work with, machines nice, but stains easily.
The old hand planes, made with the same iron they made stoves with, can be brittle, warp and crack.
But, I like old ones anyway, and they do seem to be more finger print resistant.

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#12 posted 12-20-2014 12:00 PM

I have the SAME issue. It am quite sure it is due to the cast iron they have used for the body. Anyway rust generally forms due to the oil from my fingers. Just wipe them down after use OR use shellac on the parts you are touching with your fingers.

I store my stuff in a dry box. Keeps rust very much at bay.

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#13 posted 12-20-2014 02:07 PM

I only have one Veritas plane, a shoulder plane, I have not noticed any rust on it, but I live in a dry climate.

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#14 posted 12-20-2014 02:17 PM

Ditto Bondo on the dry climate, none of my Veritas tools show any sign of rust, just the brass fittings geting that aged look.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#15 posted 12-20-2014 03:27 PM

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