Workshop Recipes

  Wash and Dye for Wooden Planes  


The Manufacturer and Builder from February 1, 1878 published a recipe for Wash or Dye for planes used by plane-makers.

  • a gill of raw linseed oil

  • a pennyworth of dragon's blood

  • about as much in bulk of yellow ochre

Rub the plane with this, except the sole, leave for a week, rub it again with clean soft rug, then go over it with oil only and let dry for three or four days.

Dragon's blood is a resin from the fruit of palm (genus Daemonorops).

The Manufacturer and Builder - February 1, 1878

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