|Forum topic by PurpLev||posted 1586 days ago||3170 views||0 times favorited||40 replies|
1586 days ago
As I was working on the chop for the leg vise in my workbench, my hands (palms) got all black.
At first, I thought it was from the foam pads on the Rockler clamps. it was a hot day and I was sweating, so I thought maybe some of it rubbed off on me. but these usually come off with soap and water. and my hands could not be cleaned with ANYTHING. I used soap and water, I used the FastOrange pumice cleaner, I used Green Scotchbrite pad and almost rubbed my skin off – but it wouldn’t clean the black stuff off… the good thing is the black stuff wouldn’t rub off on the towels, and everything else as well, so at least I wasn’t making things dirty, but I still would like to know how to clean this off, and more important – to know where its coming from.
another thought was that it’s coming off of a #6 Foreplane I just restored and used on this project, but I took the plane several times after, and held it without getting blackened.
The last thought that came to mind was, that it’s coming from a chemical reaction in the wood I was using – either maple (I doubt it) or the mahogany (makes more sense to me. but I never saw that before), reacting to glue (I only use Titebond I)? or sweat?
does anyone have experience with such a thing? and maybe an insight to what’s causing it? I WOULD like to avoid it in the future, or at least know how to clean this off.
Thanks in advance!
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