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Forum topic by Dukegijoe posted 03-29-2010 11:02 PM 1193 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2010 11:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane refurbishing

Okay, got a shoulder plane that was sitting for too long apparently, because now the packing grease to keep it from rusting is now solidly part of the tool. This got me thinking, how does my fellow lumberjocks get rid of the packing crease on their new tools? Any suggestions for the tools that might have sit for tool long with the grease? Any thoughts?

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 11:09 PM

If the stuff is what they call “Cosmoline” it’s the same stuff they put on guns to ship them. Lots of info on the web, from gentle heating of the parts to using a water based degreaser, to WD 40 and wiping it off.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 11:19 PM

I would think that using WD-40 or maybe mineral spirits would remove it. I have used Laquer Thinner for more stubborn things as well. However, be sure to apply a coating of light oil or wax if you use Laquer Thinner.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 11:21 PM

I use WD-40 all the time


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#4 posted 03-29-2010 11:38 PM

a citrus oil based product should work.

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 05:39 AM

I just bought a new Shop Fox 8” jointer that was built in Taiwan in 2006. The cosmoline stuff had solidified into a waxy mess. I literally had to take out all 40 inserts from the spiral head and soak them and the screws in mineral spirits. WD 40 did not work at all on this stuff. On the table I gently scraped off all I could and then used the mineral spirits. It took a whole lot longer to clean it than to set it up.

-- JimT

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