Hand Tool Journey #8: Stanley SW #3C Rehab.. The During

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 04-01-2013 03:03 PM 1866 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since my last blog post on my #3C rehab I got everything broken down and soaking. I haven’t had time to go pick up my Evaporust yet so I decided to try and give my home made brew of cider vinegar and baking soda one more go.

While that was soaking I started on the tote repair and looking for a new front knob in my “box o’ shame” aka my parts box of either poorly purchased planes or parts that got replaced… does everyone have a box like this or am I just really bad at this lol…..

I was able to find a knob that is a very close match in wood color as the tote which left only the tote to be repaired.

Luckily it was a clean break so gluing it up was pretty straight forward. After the glue was set it got a good sanding with 220-600 grit and a long soak in BLO. Came out pretty good imo…

I had a peek at the items in the soak and it is going to need a bit longer. My brew has lost a lot of it’s potency and I might end up doing a secondary Evaporust soak if this doesn’t get ‘er done.

That said it does still have enough juice to lift the rust under what I thought was 80% of salvageable japanning causing it to bubble up and flake off easily. So looks like I will be painting this one. So to help get the rest of the old japanning off I have it soaking in some citristrip right now before going back into the de-ruster.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 04:19 PM

Evaporust is the bomb, i found it at my local O’reillys auto parts, the TSC didnt have any. Was lookin for some high geit sandpaper for sharpening and looked at bottom shelf and seen it.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 12:09 AM

I found evapo-rust for $4 a quart at Lowes. But if you have a battery charger or an old computer power supply and you know how to wire it up, electrolysis is a cheaper method. You just need some sacrificial iron that either doesn’t have any rust on it or you’ve removed by grinding it off or whatever. The better you surround the item to be de-rusted the better it will work.

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