grey trace with router plane

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    courcour Pi

    Hello everyone,

    i’m new with hand tools and i’ve recently bought the veritas router plane , but i get grey traces on the wood when i use it. The traces are on each side where i press the router plane (not in the groove).
    Is there something special to do if i don’t want these to appear ?

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    Question are they grooves or just grey marks ?
    Have you used a pencil to mark out your lines ? Maybe just clean the base off .
    Kinda sounds like you got some stuff on the base , I have the same router and don’t have that problem,

    courcour Pi


    here is a pic, you can see the trace on the right.

    David B


    Looks like some sort of residue (like steel residue)–maybe from flattening the sole or sharpening something–are you pressing down hard? Will the marks come off if you hit them with a scraper when you’re done?



    Exactly the same thing has happened with mine. I think it’s probably a coating of protection that’s put on before shipping as it seems to be lessening with use. A quick swipe with the plane or scraper takes care of it anyway, not something to worry about.

    Peter George


    From the instructions shipped with the router plane:

    The body of this plane is ductile cast iron and comes treated with rust
    preventative. Remove this using a rag dampened with mineral spirits. Clean all
    machined surfaces.

    After removing the coating you’ll probably want to oil it with something like Paul’s rag in a can to prevent rust.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"



    Oh I didn’t see that at all Peter but then I’m a man so why would I read instructions (so my wife says)? Still I was correct even if I didn’t read them so the OP has his answer 🙂 Thanks Peter

    courcour Pi


    I have cleaned the base with acetone, but the photo has been taken after the cleaning. I guess i will have to clean it until everything disappear.

    A Joyner


    Has the wood been previously passed through a thicknessing machine? Looking at the even spaces I think that this is the case.

    Rotating blades can leave a series of tiny, barely visible parallel grooves. The percussive effect of the planer blade striking the wood – especially on softwoods – can leave the ghost of the planer marks as high-spots even when flattened with a hand-plane afterwards and these can pick up friction marks from the plane’s sole. Changes in humidity can sometimes enhance the effect as the wood surface expands.

    One solution is to keep the sole as friction-free as possible with light oil – Camellia oil is best – or fit a thin wooden sole to the plane which was the traditional way to work with these routers….. they work much easier.

    Either way, light surface marks will come off with a bit of sandpaper or a scraper.

    courcour Pi


    Yes it’s passed through a thicknessing machine. I will try this evening to sand it and see what happens next with the router plane.
    Thank you all for your advices. I was wondering which oil i could put on it, i’ll test the camellia.

    Steve Giles


    The same thing happens with my Stanley #71 which was manufactured in 2000 and was probably unused when I bought it a few months ago.

    I have been planing or sanding the marks off. It works,but may not be the best solution.



    I suggest adding a hardwood base to the plane (Like Paul has). It extends the footprint and helps when utilized on tenons.

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