I just recently purchased a used Stanley 48 online. The plane is in good shape and I have sharpened the blade. The problem with this plane thus far is that even without the blades attached it is hard to push down the groove that it makes in the wood. This gets worse as the groove depends. I looked at the plane but could not find any obvious problem. Since the problem got worse as the groove deepened I thought of a possible friction problem. I rubbed a candle on the suspect surfaces and it went down the groove very smoothly. However a few more strokes and it reverted to sticking. Rewaxed it and all was well until a few more passes were made. What I am looking for is a surface treatment that holds up a bit longer that wax. Maybe there are better waxes out there for this purpose? I am hoping there is some kind of aerosol product that will last longer than the wax. Do any of you antique plane users have any idea of what may work.
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