Any advice for my latest project?
I'm cleaning up an old Stanley bench plane from the 50's. It has sentimental
value though not $ value. I've cleaned up the metal work and squared and
sharpened the blade, now I need to decide what to do with the handles.
As the paint was peeling off of them and had a nasty tendency to get lodged
in my hands and under nails, I took some 220 grit sandpaper and some steel
wool and sanded away the paint (red? maroon?) which left an interesting
purple stain on the bare wood underneath that fades into the more blondish
So, here's my question. What should I do next to them? I want to finish the
handles so I can protect the wood and ultimately use the plane again without
rubbing off in my hands. Ideally, I'd like a nice thick glossy finish to
show off the time its taken to get it working again.
I've been trying to get more into finishing some of my projects lately, so
in the past couple weeks I've been buying a whole bunch of things that I've
read about but have never used before.
So far my finishing shelf includes the following products: tung oil, danish
oil, linseed oil, denatured alcohol, penatrol, brush cleaner, Cabot
penetrating wood stain (colored amethyst - which looked dark purple on the
test piece in Lowes but looks more girly lavendar when I put some on some
scrap pine) and some Cabot gloss polurethane.
On a side note, does anyone know what products/finishes are on the handles
of these Lie-Nielsen planes?
The wood on these handles is quite dark so I don't think I could make them
look like that but I've always wondered how to make a similar high gloss and
Thanks for bearing with my rambling question and advice on my project.