My #4 Stanley Bailey Plane Builds Up Static

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  • #554990
    Gary MercerGary Mercer
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    I am hoping someone may have a answer to something that drives me nuts!
    I have used the techniques learned here to tune, lube and sharpen my plane…but as I use it the shavings stick to the plane, my hands and arm from static build up. In the past (before stropping to a keen edge), when I was just adequate at sharpening, and before using the rag in a can, I remember just merely turning my plane over and the wood shavings would just fall off the plane as I used it. I haven’t notice this static issue with any of Paul’s videos. It does not seem to matter whether it’s in the winter or summer, static only seems to occur when I use my #4 plane.
    Can anyone enlighten me as to why this occurs? Or better yet how to stop it.

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  • #555573
    Keith WaltonKeith Walton
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    @keithmw

    it started after you made a rag in a can? what type of oil do you use? i think some cause more static

    #555574
    Gary MercerGary Mercer
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    @gmercer_48083

    [quote quote=555573]it started after you made a rag in a can? what type of oil do you use? i think some cause more static[/quote]

    I use Original 3 in 1 oil. To be honest I think it became more prevalent as I got better at sharpening, but it has been so long now, it is hard to remember.

    #555601
    deanbeckerdeanbecker
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    @deanbecker

    The sharper the plane the finer the shaving does that mean your finish products are looking better too?
    Glad you figured it out.

    #555613
    Gary MercerGary Mercer
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    @gmercer_48083

    Last month (Feb 21st), with the temp at 40f and 56% humid, I went to the garage and planed wood and still had a static problem… This month (Mar14), I planed wood in my basement shop, with the temp at 68f and 42% humid and had no static. Everything else was the same, wood, clothes. etc…Don’t know if possibly barometric pressure also figures in to this besides the temp and humid.

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    Gary MercerGary Mercer
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    @gmercer_48083

    [quote quote=555601]The sharper the plane the finer the shaving does that mean your finish products are looking better too?

    Glad you figured it out.[/quote]

    At least the planning work looks good…lol!

    I recently acquired a Union 60 scraper plane, and Man Does It Work! I am now looking for a Hand Router Plane, to add to the 3 home made ones I use regularly…But prices have gone beyond what I can spend being on a fixed income. I’ll keep looking.

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    Alastair StewartAlastair Stewart
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    @alastair

    I have never experienced this sort of problem but it must be maddening. Would a wrist earthing strap help (like computer techs use). At least then you would know if you personally are generating the static or the plane on the wood. If it works, try again with rubber gloves to isolate the plane. If it still works it is something about you that is causing the issue. If not, the static is being generated by the plane on the wood. At least then you know where to start tackling the problem.

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    Gary MercerGary Mercer
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    @gmercer_48083

    Alastsair, I tried the ground strap idea on Feb 14 (a wire to ground from my wedding ring), It didn’t work. I did not try rubber gloves. As a side note I did use my plane the other day…the humidity was 50% and the result was static cling. Yes it is very frustrating. I read about static…and apparently static is created by rubbing anything, whether conductive or not. This is just extreme, and I am surprised that other woodworkers have not had the same issue. I do have latex gloves I can try but I suspect it won’t work, but I’ll try later today and let you know the result.

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