I was looking for a plane to clean but it
seems I had already cleaned all of mine. Umm time to go hunting again.
Anyway, this was the only dirty tool I had around. It is an unnamed
mortise gauge that is completely unremarkable. It came from a yard sale
with four others for a $1.75. The principals are the same, no matter what
the tool is.
Disassemble completely. This allows you get all of the junk off
and out from wherever it is.
Using a quality mechanics hand cleaner without pumice, clean well. I
prefer GOJO with lanoline, or wool fat. If I want to just remove the
accumulated gunk and wish to preserve as much ‘patina’ as possible, I use only
my hands to rub it in. In this case I wanted to get it bright so I used
0000 steel wool to scrub in the cleaner. Rub with the grain.
Remember to rinse well with clean water.
Raising the figure with BLO. The only tricky part and I don’t even know
if its necessary. I use 1 part Boiled Linseed oil mixed with 2 parts Mineral
spirits. I always make sure that this is a least warm. Be very
careful heating it, it is flammable. I use a microwave. I cant say
if it make a difference being hot but it seems to thin out very nicely and is
absorbed quicker. I applied this mix with a paper towel folded four times.
Wipe off as much as possible after ten minutes or so. If this was a
heavily figured piece of wood I would have done this several time over the
course of a few days. As I was in a rush I only did one coat.
I use a premixed Beeswax and carnauba wax with orange oil called Howard’s feed
and wax. Coating the gauge liberally, I rubbed it in with my hands and
waited 10 minutes. 30 minutes was the proscribed time but it was Easter Sunday
and my two adult children, SWMBO, 4 year old step daughter, SIL, and three
grandsons where waiting I rushed it a bit. If this was a heavily figured
piece of wood I would have done this several time over the course of a few days.
The last two steps are the same I used for
putting a finish on this Stair/ Dado saw I made. It is from a scrap piece of
decking I picked up at work.