How to Clean Hand Planes

Everyone now and then you might get a wooden plane or wooden tool that needs a bit of extra TLC. You know, one that can’t just be soaked with BLO, sharpened and back ready for use. I have been using a combination of turpentine and boiled linseed oil to solve this problem. The combination does two things. The turpentine cleans the clean of all the nasty things; paint, oil, dirt, grime. It does a really good job of it too. The BLO does what it was intended to do, soak into the wood and give it new life. When you first clean the plane you will see it lighten up from removing the outter shell of debris and dirt. Slowly that dark natural state will come back as the oil takes place in the pores of the plane. This is a very simple mixture to make that will assist on every hand plane job from now on.

Woodworker and blacksmith

Leave a Reply