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Hi and thanks for the great coverage of traditional timber conversion. I teach woodwork amongst other things and got some end sealant here in the antipodes (Australia) from Mobil called CER-M. Not sure if you can still get it but it is like the latex paint and controls the drying rate. Worth painting painting the ends despite what some people say!
Hey there, there is a process called chealating where you leave the tools in a bath/plastic bucket etc of molasses and water (5-10% molasses) leave it for a week and Hey Presto! no more rust. It is alot gentler than salt baths on older tools which are a high carbon steel. Does leave them a little black but can be cleaned then painted. May also blacken the wooden handles so take off if you can (planes etc). It was covered in an issue of Australian Woodsmith about a year ago. A quick web search will yield results A mate used a water tank and did car panels too.. Just a case of more molasses (he had some hungry horses!)
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