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    Plane Refurbs

    A few weeks ago, Jim Burr asked if anybody wanted to try resurrecting a couple nearly dead planes he had, and I volunteered.

    Here’s what they looked like when he sent them: (Picture inserts aren't working right for me. Please click on the thumbnails at the bottom of the page.)




    …and here’s what they looked like after several hours in a citric acid bath:



    Surprisingly, the japanning/paint on both planes was pretty good. The metal pitting on both of them was actually minor, and in places where it didn’t affect function.

    Soles were fairly flat, once cleaned, and a few minutes on the granite slab, with sheet abrasives, pretty well flattened them.

    A good flattening on the backs, and sharpening on the fronts, of the blades, and both planes were quite functional.









    There was also a #54 spokeshave in the box, so I refurbed it, too. It was a really nice little shave (I was tempted to keep it! ).



    I was pretty happy with the finished refurbs, and apparently Jim was, too.
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    Did you ever have so much fun after rehabbing a plane and sharpening it up that you just kept making shavings for the pure fun of it?

    Great job and Great gesture on your part Mr. Delaney!
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    That is quite a transformation.
    Excellent job, and I am sure it was fun to see the changes take place.

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    And now they are fun to use! Thanks Jim...sure am glad I ran into ya!!
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    End results look fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Did you ever have so much fun after rehabbing a plane and sharpening it up that you just kept making shavings for the pure fun of it?
    Actually, yeah! It happens quite often after I've resurrected an old barn or flea market find. I like seeing just how thin I can get a shaving. If I can get maple down into the tenths, I'm really happy!
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    Very nice rehabs Jim. Can you describe your citric acid bath - concentration, source etc. please?

    I know what you mean about just wanting to make shavings after such a re-do job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Very nice rehabs Jim. Can you describe your citric acid bath - concentration, source etc. please?...
    The citric acid I use is the same stuff that's used for canning fruits and vegetables.

    About a quarter cup of acid powder in a gallon of hot water makes a good starting solution. Add acid or water (whichever) until you get it working to your liking. I generally put the pieces in the bath, and check them every half hour or so. Three or four hours is usually enough to de-rust all but the worst pieces.

    The solution doesn't seem to affect paint or japanning - unless ther's rust under it.

    At the supermarket, 4 ounces of the acid was about $4.00, but at the Amish 'bulk foods' market, a half pound was only $2.20. YMMV...

    The solution can be re-used. I don't know how long it'll work. Mine usually gets way too dirty before it quits working, so I end up throwing it out.
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    Great rehab !!!!!
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    Wow! I've never seen anything clean up quite that well!

    Great work! I'll have to try the citric acid next time...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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