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.
[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.
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.
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.