Tote and knob refinish

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Forum topic by GrumpyGolfGuy posted 07-11-2020 09:22 PM 192 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-11-2020 09:22 PM

I’m nearing the completion of restoring a Stanley No 4½C. Looking for ways to refinish the tote and knob.


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#1 posted 07-11-2020 09:52 PM

If it is Rosewood, I would not use BLO. I think it will turn quite dark. I have used Minwax Gel Stain, Brazilian Rosewood and it works okay. Then a clear satin varnish on top of that. I used a long screw thru the knob with a nut and washer on the big opening end and chucked it in my drill to spin it so i could sand it. Works fairly well.

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#2 posted 07-11-2020 10:07 PM

Personally i like shellac. Nice and grippy and super easy to repair.

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#3 posted 07-11-2020 10:42 PM

I use a tote rod with a spacer from a type 17 in the knob and then chuck it in the drill to sand it down. Totes are a bit more of a pain because they often have grain patterns going all of the place. I try my best to sand with the grain on the totes but because that isn’t always easy I take them to 400 grit using a sanding net. They are super flexible and really help take out any scratches left from sanding.

For finishes I either use gloss oil based poly or semi gloss lacquer. It just depends on the look I’m going for. Gloss poly goes on anything I had to strip and enamel or anything type 15 or later with shiny japanning. The semi gloss lacquer goes on planes I want to have a more authentic feel to.

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