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#1 posted 01-28-2018 02:30 AM

That’s a little more reassuring.

Here’s what the sole and the sides are looking like right now

I still can’t get rid of those darker marks and you can see one of the sides has some as well. The other side is as clean as a baby’s you know. After working on it for a while I am pretty sure that the black marks are just large pitted areas and I just can’t get in there to clean them out. Someone mentioned evaporust but I don’t have any. Only thing I have is citric acid which I am going to need on a few parts on some of my other planes.

I was thinking about making a super diluted solution of it and just work it into some of the marks with a brush but unless someone chimes in and says “yeah that will totally work” I am just going to let the sole be as it is. Though looking at that photo again those damn marks are really bothering me.

Anyways, on to the frog and the iron and cap iron, etc. I am just going to clean the rust off of them and I’m probably going to hold off on honing the iron until I practice honing some chisels. I’ve got 3 arkansas stones and one of those honing guides from Robert Larson and I haven’t used them yet.

The handle on this plane has a chip on the top as you can see

I know it’s not a big deal and won’t effect how it works but I would like to clean it up. Should I just hand sand it? If it ends up that I need to refinish the handle what do you all recommend? BLO? Shellac?

Thanks guys for all the help and hand holding. And definitely chime in to scold me for doing something wrong.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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