Remove Scratch from Plane

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    I have a pretty new plane and I must have somehow left a scratch on the the bottom (as indicated in the picture). Sadly the scratch seems to leave scratches on the wood when planing.

    My question is: is there any way to remove the scratch? Maybe fill it with something?

    Thank you,


    If the damages the wood it must have some bits of metal pretruding.

    I would try to “ftaten” the plane.
    Get a flat surface and rub it in 180 to 250 sandgrits.

    Paul have a YT video on that

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    Peter George

    As Antonio said, there must be metal protruding to mark the wood. I would try polishing the scratch with steel wool, not to get rid of the scratch, but to make sure there is no ragged edges to damage the wood.

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


    I think the others have got to the root of the problem, I would personally use a bit of sandpaper – p240 or something like that – to take down any burr. Whatever you do use a light touch – cast iron is not especially hard and it should take very little effort to remove your burr; in fact, I’d wager that use alone would eventually take it off. The remaining scratch will do no harm.


    Southampton, UK


    I’m looking at purchasing a #4 with small “pit” marks o nicks in the base. Will they cause a problem if I fail to remove then out compleatly?

    Eddy Flynn

    I have a #4 with a less than perfect sole it is now my go to scrub plane and it works fantasic

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

    Matt McGrane

    @geargue – It depends on where the pitting is. If it’s near the mouth, then you may want to try to remove them, but if elsewhere they would probably be inconsequential. You said they were small, so maybe no problem in any case.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    Thanks guys.


    I have a #4 with a pitted sole, the only issue I can see with it is that it does not slide easily on the surface of the wood I’m planning. My #4 scrub plane has a better sole and has noticeably less resistance when pushing it along the surface of the wood. The only reason it is no longer my smoothing plane is that I dropped it once and cracked one of the cheeks and decided to make it into a scrub plane

    Roger Evans

    Retract the blade; lay a sheet of 240 grit, or finer, emery cloth on a flat surface – e.g. a piece of plate glass – and just rub the plane back and forth on the emery cloth. You might also find that the sole is hollow if the plane is well-used. This process will not only smooth out the scratch but flatten the sole as well. A light rub with wax will have your plane gliding smoothly across the timber.

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    Philip Adams

    It is also worth watching the newer plane restoration video. Covers more detail:

    Making sure it is well set and sharpened is key too. Sometimes a plane that is not well set can cause the problem you mentioned, as well as a ding in the mouth or edge of the plane, quickly remedied with some abrasive paper:

    I work alongside Paul to plan and produce the videos for Woodworking Masterclasses

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