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Maybe this should go in the hand tool forum, but some of you power tool users might have some advice as well...

I bought a hand-plane. It was cheap (under $17, shipped), and appeared to be in reasonable condition. While all the moving parts move, and all the non-moving parts stay where they're supposed to, the top of the body is remarkably rusty.

I soaked it with Naval Jelly, but that doesn't seem to have done much; still tons of rust, though it may be a little thinner.

Anyone have a recommendation for a next step? Am I stuck going for an electrolysis setup?

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Maybe this should go in the hand tool forum, but some of you power tool users might have some advice as well...

Anyone have a recommendation for a next step? Am I stuck going for an electrolysis setup?

Thanks, all!
The Hand Tools forum has several threads on rust removal. Common step in restoring old tools.

The options I have tried are Evapo-Rust and Oxalic Acid (Wood Bleach). Others have used electrolysis.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/oxalic-acid-rust-removal-old-plane-restoration-47268/

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f11/oxcilic-acid-remove-rust-51539/

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f2/rust-removal-using-electrolosis-50195/
 

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Hmm.... I've got to admit, if I had a job I'd seriously consider going and buying a cheap sandblasting tool and either walnut shells or glass beads. Sadly, I'm out of work, so I'm looking for a cheaper solution than buying new tools. :cool:
Oxalic acid is cheap. My container cost only $8 and I use about 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. You will only need a gallon or two for the plane.

Electrolysis is also inexpensive, but a tad more messy. This is the best option to also remove paint.
 

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Oxalic acid is cheap. My container cost only $8 and I use about 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. You will only need a gallon or two for the plane.

Electrolysis is also inexpensive, but a tad more messy. This is the best option to also remove paint.

Thanks. The original japanning on the plane is basically gone, so electrolysis to strip the rest, plus the rust, is starting to sound like a good idea.

I also remembered a bunch of threads about a DIY soda blasting kit from a motorcycle forum, and it looks like I may have all the pieces I need for that, so I may give that a shot. My compressor's a little small for it, but it may work for small things like a plane body.
 
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