Help with finish for a used E.C.E plane.

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Forum topic by Bnice posted 02-23-2018 09:48 PM 1466 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2018 09:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane refurbishing finishing

I bought a E.C.E jack plane at an estate sale for almost nothing today. The wooden portion was in great condition but very dirty with just old shop grime. I cleaned off the wood with 00 steel wool and denatured alcohol. This seemed work well, but the finish turned very dull. I think it had some kind of wax finish on it. Now I’m not sure what to do to make it look better. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 02-23-2018 11:12 PM

Paste wax may help.

It’s generally useful for woodworking anyway,
for iron planes, machine surfaces, vise screw
lubrication and top-coating finishes.

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#2 posted 02-24-2018 06:09 AM

Some strip grime then BLO then wax. I prefer it as well.

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#3 posted 02-24-2018 06:46 AM

I agree with the two previous posts. The sole of the plane is really what matters, and the rest is mostly cosmetic. It sounds like you cleaned the body off pretty well, so some oil and wax will return the nice sheen the new plane had.

For the sole, I’d recommend a really good wax. Two that I like are Crystal Clear made by Staples, and Renaissance. Both are available at Woodcraft, or on Amazon. They both have their benefits. The Crystal Clear contains carnauba wax, which is very durable, and the Renaissance wax is purely synthetic. Either would be excellent for the sole of a plane.

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#4 posted 02-24-2018 09:35 PM

Originally it was probably laquer

Wax will work as will something like tru-oil

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