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post #1 of 5 Old 08-09-2015, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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I need some help please

Over the last year I have began collecting a pretty good set of hand planes. I have been incorporating them into my woodworking builds so they are not just to look at. I have enough that I built a dedicated cabinet to hold them. They are at an inclined deck and held in place with a rare earth magnet. So here is my problem. All of my planes have developed a line of rust down the sole of the plane. My shop is conditioned and I have moisture bags in the cabinet. I have put top coat on all of the raw iron. What am I missing? Is this cause by the magnet? Has anybody else had this problem? Your help will be very much appreciated!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-09-2015, 11:27 AM
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What is the deck made of?

If it's raw wood, that's an issue. If it's painted wood, that could be an issue. If it's varnished, then you may want to give it another coat or two. If it's HPL like Formica, then I wouldn't expect an issue.

I don't know what the magnet would have to do with attracting rust. I use them to hold my mortising chisels in place with no ill effects.

My handplanes sit on a painted wood shelf. Occasionally they get "stuck" to it it seems but no rust. I think it was a water base paint, but I'm not certain.

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What do you mean by "a line of rust?" Does this line coincide with where the planes touch the wood?

Magnet would have no bearing on rust.

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If you have rust then you don't have the iron protected from water and oxygen. The two things needed to produce rust on iron. After reading the article below I stopped buying the expensive spray on stuff and use a rust prohibitor. They (FWW) didn't get good results with paste wax on cast tops but thought it was okay for plane irons. There test results were very telling and some may be very surprised at how their favorite product or method performed.

After reading the article I now use WD40 on almost everything. It's a rust prohibitor and works well from the first application. 40 wasn't their best product but I already had a can and pretty much everyone does.



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Thanks for the input guys. I will try another coat of finish. It currently has one coat of linseed oil with one coat of poly on top of that. The line of rust does not follow where the plane rests. It goes from the toe to the heel on the sole plate. It's about 1/8" wide. Some of my planes stand proud of the cabinet because the magnet is not fully recessed so the only rest on the heel and the magnet and I have the same line The only thing I could see in common was the magnet. I did put a barrier over the magnet and that didn't help so I'm going back to the finish. Thought I had enough but I guess not.
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