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Quick and easy parts cleaner.

Items required.
Old coffee tin (Keep the can opened lid!)
Long bolt.
Cleaning solution

Tools required.

Step 1:

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Fold the edges of the can opened lid upwards with a vise or pliers
**be careful of the sharp edge**

Drill 1/4" Hole into the center of the can opened lid.
(then drill several surrounding drain holes)

Fasten the end of the bolt to the lid with 2 nuts.

A cheap cleaner used for rusted tools would be apple vinegar from the $1 store - one gallon cost $1 & takes most of the rust off - a little elbow grease with a pad will take off the other 10%... It is toxic free...
akospenda2 years ago
Cool. Exactly what i needed. I need to remove some rust from tools. I have some solution that removes rust.
Great job! Can't wait to make one. Oh, how I miss Tim Horton's. *sigh* Get my fix when visiting family in Canada.
I also miss Harvey's hamburgers and the Poutine...
Ahhhh, Poutine....... : )
Bosun Rick3 years ago
I use Dawn dishsoap & water for parts cleaning & heavy grease removal. Almost any brand of dishsoap will do the job becxause they are formulated to cut grease (doesn't matter if it's petroleum based or from cooking). For small parts, use plastic storage containers with snap on lids from garage or yard sales cheap & when they wear out or start leaking, use them to store those small nuts, bolts or screws that have accumulated in the bottom of your workbench drawers!
MTJimL3 years ago
I found two web sites that claim to be the home of Evaporust. Do you happen to know which is the genuine article?
Orison Marketing is the mother company of Evaporust. Great product and good people.

great ible! got me thinking , what would happen if i attached a vibrating sander to this-? --super- sonic -soaker!!!
jz793 years ago
for rust removal, instead of special solutions, you can also use 10% citric acid (by weight) mixed with regular tap water, works better if it is warmed up a little bit (40 degrees C)
Nifty19403 years ago
I like it. the best ideas are simple, effective and innovative, and cheap. This ticks all the boxes. great idea and ideal for finnicky gunsmith parts and small, easy-to-lose bits 'n' pieces of small mechanical devices.
=////=======> Ya' Buddy.!
bobcat19473 years ago
Clever. And you made it yourself, without buying one.
This way you don't have to have your fingers irritated by too much cleaning solution (as when you'd have to reach into a can to retreive parts).
BTW, is that handle what a country boy Frenchman might say? Kinda like "hayell yes!" ?
Joseary had a good idea for the wire mesh basket.
sabr6863 years ago
What's the cleaning solution made from?
billbillt3 years ago
My kind of project...Recycle....5 stars...
maxman3 years ago
Thank you for this plan. I've been considering buying a cheap parts cleaner but won't have to now. I'm definitely making one of these.
jspence13 years ago
Great idea, thanks!
I googled EVAPO-RUST and found what seems to be a SUPER PARTS CLEANER.
I ordered a gallon ($28 incl shipping). It sounds fabulous since it's non-toxic.
rippa7003 years ago
Elegant and a great use of old resources. I like it. Thanks
joseary153 years ago
Wire mesh shaped as a shallow basket with two washers for the bolt and nuts to grip should do the trick and make the magnets unnecessary. That way the "gunk" remains in the can to be strained an disposed latter. Also, the "basket" can be flushed with water and/or dried with compressed air.

Nice and clean idea. Thanks.
thoraxe3 years ago
Perhaps add a strong magnet to the bottom to help keep the parts on top of the tray? I have a feeling it would get very dirty.
My favorite kind of idea - simple, resourceful, and cheeap!

A weak magnet might work better - a strong one might tend to keep the tray stuck to the bottom of the can, leading to a mess when you try to separate them.
hells-oui (author)  thoraxe3 years ago
Give it a try or break out the magnetic pick up tool!
Very smart. Good to avoid losing parts down the drain! :D
hells-oui (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
RainDog073 years ago
This will work with plastic coffee containers if you cut a wedge out of the lid and secure the edges together. The lip on the lid will prevent parts from falling out. I like the concept and am a real fan of Evaporust.
hells-oui (author)  RainDog073 years ago
Yes it works with plastic containers.
I use two yogurt containers with holes in one of them.
Stack the containers and fill.