Water leak in heater: 1, lathe bed: 0

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 06-07-2012 10:57 PM 7310 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite the little coincidence occurred today. My wood-shop teacher lent me some lubricant protector for my cast-iron table tops on my tools because I told him they were unprotected, he’s a great guy. So, when I get home from school and go to the shop to apply it, what do I see? The last foot of my lathe bed full of rust from a leak in the heater above it. Lets just say I was not very happy. I am guessing some of it was just rust drops from the ceiling, as there is a now a stain on the concrete about 4 inches beside it. But no doubt was the rust damage on my lathe. Here’s what It looked like:

And here’s the heater above the end of my lathe, you can see where it was leaking:

So, using a technique I learned from Lumberjocks, I got it clean up nicely. I used som steel wool and some WD-40. I am happy with the results but there are still minor scares. I can live with that.

Once that was cleaned up I applied the lubricant from my teacher, it works great and should prevent another episode like this from happening again.

Thanks, have a nice day,


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 06-07-2012 11:01 PM

Good thing you found it early on, Ryan. The lube from your teacher sure came in handy. I am happy for you that the damage wasn’t too bad and you were able to buff the rust out. That’s what I call a ‘happy accident’.

Take care, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 12:34 AM

Nice save Ryan….that’s what it takes!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 04:22 AM

What a great opportunity, to learn a new skill

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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