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


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5 Responses to Home made Japaning

  1. ike says:

    where did you get the lever caps for these planes or were they new to start with? incombadaniels@yahoo.com

  2. Dave Arnold says:

    I’m for a source for small quantities of Asphaltum here in the U.S.. I rebuild pianos, and this is what I would use for coloring the sharps.
    Dave Arnold

  3. AlexM says:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Ron Leaton says:

    Dave Arnold, how do we get in touch?

  5. Mark Doran says:

    Thanks mate
    Will have to give this a go …but in a smaller volume. I presume the asphaltum is the powdered form.
    Great work

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