How do I finish wood on a hand plane shelf?

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Forum topic by Sanderguy777 posted 02-23-2015 06:38 PM 851 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2015 06:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question cedar oak plane finishing

I built a couple shelves for my two hand planes, but now I want to finish them. What is the best finish? I need it to be something that won’t hurt the plane in any way. I live in the Kingdom of Tonga, in the South Pacific, so it’s hot and humid here (I have a hammer with an unfinished wooden handle that is so green and fuzzy now I can barely see the wood! ;), so I need a finish that won’t make the plane rust and maybe is oil to help it not.
I have polyurethane but it finishes sticky (I built a table about three months ago that still feels sticky. ) so I really don’t want to use it. I think there is linseed or tung oil in the shop. I also have mineral oil if all else fails.

I have no idea what kind of wood I used on the shelves except I think the molding/lip I put on the front might be ceder. I used old pallet wood on the shelf itself and a scrap on the front to hold the plane on the shelf. ( My dad said he thinks the old pallet wood is oak, but I have no idea.)

Originally, I wasn’t going to finish it at all, but I saw how good it was without finish and now I want to bring out the contrasting wood grain and color.

So to sum up, I need to know the best finish for a hand plane shelf in a humid climate.


-- Marc Spagnuolo (standing in front of clamp wall): I think I need a few more . Me (owner of at least 8 clamps):.....?

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#1 posted 02-24-2015 02:43 AM

I would use diluted boiled linseed oil.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 02:50 AM

Cork lining. That way you can rest your planes blade-down.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 02:55 AM

Why would you need cork, Pinto? Resting blade down on wood isn’t going to dull the blades to any noticeable degree.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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