Home made Japaning

Here are my Stanley No 5, 6 & 7 all Japaned in the Aga 🙂

Number 5 was a learning curve and really could do to be done again.
Number 6 was pretty good for the second attempt, even though I say it myself.
Number 7 perfection 😀 Better job than Stanley ever did. 🙂


How did I do it? Well I started Here I found it a pretty good guide of how to do it.

A recipe

asphaltum, 2 lbs.
boiled linseed oil, 1/2 pint
spirits of turpentine, 1 gallon;

Mix the ashhaltum & boiled linseed oil first in an iron pot, boil slowly until the asphaltum is melted, then take it some distance from the fire, cool a little, and add the turpentine (avoiding ignition) before it cools too much, and it is finished. It might look quite brown at first but it will darken with age and when more coats that are applied.

Asphaltum Suppliers


Lawrence .co.uk


Early history of Japaning
Click Here

More good guides on “How to do it” Click Here
and Click Here

An excellent start to finish very descriptive account of how Monty tackled japaning his Stanley #7 Click Here

Free book on Japaning
Project Gutenberg’s Handbook on Japanning: 2nd Edition, by William N. Brown

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
with this eBook or online at http://www.gutenberg.net

Click Here to go to download site

IF the book is not enough there are also five or six YouTube video’s by “Itsnotmuch” all worth watching Click Here to watch video


Perform CCAF Air Filter up and running

After pondering what make/type to buy I decided bigger was best, so I can now run the CCAF on it’s lowest setting without too much noise. 🙂