Old Columbian Woodworking Vise (after evaporust)

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Blog entry by Jason™ posted 10-30-2012 03:44 PM 5881 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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After soaking in the Evaporust solution for a few days I strained the solution back into the bottle and cleaned off the vise to see how well this stuff worked. I was very surprised at how well this stuff works I can only imagine what the electrosysis method would have done!!

I scuffed the front a bit to be able to see the markings a little bit better.

Note: The Electrolysis method was something I been really wanting to understand better and possibly try in the future. The only reason I chose the “evapo” stuff was mainly because I am working out of a small townhouse
basement with no ventilation in that room. The main room in the basement which would be considered finished does have 1 window. Im very uneducated about the “electro” method in regards to combustion, fumes, or the like. I never researched this way Yet!!. For all I know its completely safe and I had nothing to worry about. I do however want to in the future try this method as I have read ALOT about this on this site and the results seem to be way better than any type of store bought mix. Much cheaper as well from what I can tell!!!

Compared to the before pics I believe this evaporust method did quite a fine job for a solution that is basically water.

Now onto trying to actually clean this thing up a bit. I am still unsure of what to use on this meaning what I have on hand to work with. Sandpaper so far is about all I have to clean this thing up with, a few months ago my GF was wanting to get me one of those dremel tools and I told her not to waste her money that I would just pick something else. Forgot what I picked but now I am kinda wishing I would have just said yea I would like to have one of those things.
Just really didn’t seem like something that would be of interest to me really a little rotary tool to sand images into wood. Possibly does more than this but that was my first impression of those little tools.

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 04:14 PM

you chose right to use evaporust in your unventilated room, because electrolysis creates flammable fumes.(may be toxic too, though not sure.

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 04:36 PM

Good progress.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 04:48 PM

Wow…what a difference! A dremel drill is really too small to tackle a project this size IMO. A regular sized drill with a wire wheel might do the trick.
Well done.

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 06:40 PM

Wow, what a difference it made. Looks like you have one nice vice

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 07:19 PM

I’d soak that sucker a little bit longer in the evaporust. It’s done pretty well so far, why not give it a chance to work some more?

What you can’t get with Evaporust, you will need to gather the following…

#1. SAFETY GLASSES. If you do not have or do not want to use safety glasses DO NOT PROCEED! Wire wheels are known from throwing the bristles, and can literally take an eye out! #2. Regular 3/8” variable speed drill. #3. Wire wheel made for a drill.

Using extreme caution, and of course your safety glasses firmly in place where they are designed to go… wire brush off the remaining rust. What you can’t get, just coat with a rust neutralizing primer like Rustoleum primer, or Ace Rust Stop.

Brush the entire surface that you want painted with the wire brush to rough it up a hair so primer and paint will stick.

Tape off anything you don’t want paint on.

Prime the thing with some good, heavy epoxy primer. Again Rustoleum or Ace Rust Stop both work great. Duplicolor automotive epoxy primer works great too but is kind of spendy…

Using the color of your choice, paint that sucker. I prefer bright orange as it is a WHOLE lot easier to see as you walk past it. You don’t want to hook a hip, or other nearby body parts, on that sucker! It hurts. Don’t ask me how I know, just take my word for it…

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 01:50 AM

That is looking much healthier now! A wire wheel in a bench grinder would be my weapon of choice. I would opt for a full face shield as well as safety glasses when using the wire wheel. We only get 2 eyes from the factory and they can’t be replaced.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 02:19 AM

Electrolysis puts off small amounts of hydrogen. Hydrogen is flammable so venting is mandatory.

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 06:32 PM

Thanks for the advice on further cleaning this.

DBHost or gfadvm or any???: I need to locate some wheels for my 6” grinder I will use safety when fooling around with this kind of stuff as I always do. I only have a corded single speed drill for using the wire brush or the 3M stripping wheel attachment found at Lowes. Only store we have in this area besides Wally World and a few other useless ones. But besides like Lee Valley is there a good place to find Wire wheels for a bench grinder?
I have the Delta Shopmaster 6” grinder (GR150) very entry level grinder I might add. This unit takes the 6” x ¾” face with a ½” shaft. Im guessing as long as I buy the correct diameter wheel that has a sleeve or bushing? for ½” arbor im good right. The face can be wider im guessing as the unit looks to be able to handle the wider wheel.

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 12:40 AM

I get my wire wheels from Wholesale Tool Co. They have all kinds of bushing thingys to adapt stuff to 1/2” shaft. I use some larger wheels and take the guards/tool rests off my bench grinders. That way I can put 8-10” wheels on my 6” grinder. Not OSHA approved, I know. Be careful as they will shoot some wire frags. My main use for the big wheels is cleaning up/texturing my live edge stuff.

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