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Old tools #1: One mans junk is another WOmans treasure

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Blog entry by Andraxia posted 12-12-2008 02:26 PM 1290 reads 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being the only driver in the house, I am the one who gets the joy of hauling a trailer load of rubbish to the local tip.

I had backed up the trailer to the hopper (who said a woman cant reverse a trailer????) and a young (mid 20s) man was unloading his rubbish into the hopper from his boot (trunk) of his car. I was chatting to him whilst I spaded the junk into the hopper. He was clearing out his granddads shed who had just gone into a nursing home.

He was about to throw a box of stuff in there when I noticed it had a few rusty screw drivers sticking out the top and an old file. Always on the look out for old files to make customised scrapers for my wood turning. I asked if I could have them. He said sure and gave me the box.

In the box was a lot of goodies including: a Stanley No5 plane, two wooden block planes, a bowl gouge, a level and a lot of files (14 in fact). Score one for the sisterhood!

The two wooden planes unfortunately are so full of old wood worm holes they are good for decoration only – though I might make new blocks and install the metal components at a future date. The Stanley plane was rusty but a good soak with potatoes and water for a week removed 95% of that and wire wool removed the rest.

The files restored nicely in the potato water as well and the bowl gouge looks like something Hercules used (1.5” across) and will need a new handle due to the afore mentioned wood worm.

Tomorrow I am going around to this young mans granddad’s with my trailer to be a good Samaritan and help finish clearing out his shed and hopefully ‘liberate’ some rust incarcerated tools.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!



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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 12-12-2008 02:54 PM

Now if ya all would need a helping hand I got a truck! ; ) lol Things seem to happen out of the blue sometimes when we keep our eyes open. Great incounter/find!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Andraxia

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#2 posted 12-12-2008 02:57 PM

I agree the trick is learning to see opportunity when it comes your way. Would you believe before I got ‘into’ wood working I was offered a Jet lathe for $50, I turned it down no knowing what I would do with it. I still kick myself over this one.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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Karson

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#3 posted 12-12-2008 03:22 PM

Great find and I hope that the assistance will give greater rewards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#4 posted 12-12-2008 03:25 PM

I was wondering about your formula for using potatoes to soak rust away. How do you do it?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 12-12-2008 03:33 PM

It is fairly easy. You will need a seal-able container (after a week it smells pretty ripe).

Fill the container with water and cut into quarters 4-6 medium potatoes and add them to the water. Now put the rusty part into the container – ensuring it is completely submerged – seal it and leave it for a week.

After a week take the part out and wipe it with a cloth if the rust comes off leaving a light yellow residue the job is done. If not return to the solution for another week. Remember the longer you leave it the more ripe the solution will be on the nose – I was nearly retching my first time.

Once finished a rinse first then a wipe down with a damp cloth, you may need some wire wool or wet&dry sand paper for the stubborn spots.

I usually dry the cleaned part after and use furniture wax to put a protective coat (or course depending on the purpose of the item).

I didn’t believe this would work either when I heard it but I tried it on a pair of rusty bar clamps and it worked great.

I think there is a shopsmith video about it too.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#6 posted 12-12-2008 04:47 PM

I really enjoyed your story and your manner of speaking as well . Thank you for the Potato Soup recipe !
Happy holidays to you and yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 12-12-2008 04:52 PM

You got a haul!

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 12-12-2008 05:11 PM

Right on!

On the “women backing a trailer”, one of my memories from my early days was watching my Mom holding a younger sibling while the guys at the lumber yard tried to position our trailer, ‘til my Mom said “here, you hold the baby, let me do it”.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#9 posted 12-12-2008 05:25 PM

What a great story , and I’ve never heard of the potato trick for rust, very interesting. Good luck with these treasures.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 12-12-2008 05:44 PM

You got style girl. The potato thing was a new one on me. You even gave a translation for boot. Woodworking AND backing the trailer – very handy.

Oh, BTW, good haul.

-- Wonderful new things are coming! - God

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dustygirl

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#11 posted 12-12-2008 06:00 PM

Wow you really lucked out there.Thanks for the tip on the potato for rust.I must try it next time I find something rusty.I too can haul a trailer and a boat and have no problem at all backing them up or putting them where I want them.Nice to see other women can do this too. :-)

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#12 posted 12-12-2008 06:42 PM

Thank you Andraxia! The instructions will be printer and posted on the wall the little shop.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#13 posted 12-12-2008 06:57 PM

Thanks for the potato recipe for cleaning rust. I hope I don’t think about it when my wife makes potato water bread or potato soup. You sound like a handy, self sufficient person. Good for you on your find.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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mmh

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#14 posted 12-17-2008 06:10 PM

My kinda’ girl! Never under estimate the power of a woman!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#15 posted 01-07-2009 11:41 PM

Woo Hoo I’m famous! This blog entry made it into the eMag Jan 2009.

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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