Category: Hand Plane How-tos

Hand Plane Restoration by the no soak method.

Every blog on hand plane restoration starts with some kind of soaking. Evapo-rust, citric acid, electrolysis, all meant to eat away the rust. I go into detail on these methods and more on my full Bench Plane Restoration Guide. But I’ve been soaking my planes less and less lately, finding a faster and a much  safer approach.

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Repairing the Bench Plane Tote, the dw way

Seasonal expansion & contraction of the wood. The metal screw is tightened in the wintertime when the wood is dry, and then in the summertime, the wood expands as it picks up moisture from the humid air. The head of the tote screw digs into the wood unless the tension on the screw is backed off. At the approach of the cool, dry season, the wood shrinks again and the screw becomes loose.

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