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  • Donkey_99 commented on GFire's instructable Tool Restoration

    I prefer to use a 10% molasses mix and agitate over the soak. a scrub with a nylon brush like a toothbrush gets stubborn bits. With an oily wipe as they come out, pieces do not need sanding and this will preserve details such as makers' marks and etched graduations. It is also less work! The whole thing smells like a brewer's waste but well worth the effort and solution can be used a few times. Don't keep too long as it goes mouldy!

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  • This will leave glue-interferring free graphite/ carbon on the sanding face and the next timber used on the disc. Instead use the side of the coarse side of the bench grinder which is used for metal anyway and does not matter. If you use the flats on the pencil as references, the sharpened faces are also flat which allows for more accurate marking out!

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  • We use eucalyptus oil for label removal. It also has a great smell and is easy on the hands! Not sure about global availability though!?

    We use eucalyptus oil for label removal. It also has a great smell and is easy on the hands! Not sure about global availability though!?

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  • Hey there and a big Thanks for your thorough instructions! I have found Chelating with Molasses a fantastic way to remove rust and paint in one go. (5-8%molasses in water, hang the tool in the liquid and aerate a couple of times a day for a week or two depending on the rust level. Also works for car parts). This also leaves the metal with a nice patina and a little more "old" looking if that's what you want. I get the molasses from the agricultural store or a mate with a horse as it is a bit expensive in the shops. I teach Woodwork at a high school and have come across some woeful wood-tool wastage - a box of 50+ planes in various broken and disassembled states I was asked to bin being amongst the worst. I could only keep so many but re-assembled nearly 30 for a class set. I wou…

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    Hey there and a big Thanks for your thorough instructions! I have found Chelating with Molasses a fantastic way to remove rust and paint in one go. (5-8%molasses in water, hang the tool in the liquid and aerate a couple of times a day for a week or two depending on the rust level. Also works for car parts). This also leaves the metal with a nice patina and a little more "old" looking if that's what you want. I get the molasses from the agricultural store or a mate with a horse as it is a bit expensive in the shops. I teach Woodwork at a high school and have come across some woeful wood-tool wastage - a box of 50+ planes in various broken and disassembled states I was asked to bin being amongst the worst. I could only keep so many but re-assembled nearly 30 for a class set. I would have liked to restore them better but didn't have time for multi stepped rust removal. Thus the Molasses. Hope this helps.

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  • Actually, a stainless steel spoon will get the smell off - even after a long fishing stint. Perhaps use toothpaste on the spoon and you'll have 1. a shiny spoon and 2. an excuse to eat toothpaste by the spoonful if that's your bent!

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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!

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  • 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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