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Tool Picking #5: Almost didn't measure up - Shocking

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Blog entry by TrBlu posted 751 days ago 1225 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it’s been almost four weeks since I have had a new find to show you. Honestly, the normal tool picking has been kind of slim. It fact, you might say it almost doesn’t measure up to our picking standards.

The only thing I have found over the past few weeks was this 50 foot Lufkin Chrome Clad, leather bound metal tape. The tape looks almost new, with all of the number crisp and clear and winds as smooth as silk. This was a $2 find, as I was passing through an estate sale recently.

Since I hve not been finding as many tool sales, I have tried to put my normal “tool picking” time to good use. I started gathering the pieces to make an electrolysis chamber. I picked up an old chlorine bucket from a local pool. The bucket is nice with a latching lid, that will be nice for storing everything when not in use. Cut some 1” bar stock to use as my sacrificial steel, bolted around the inside and wired for electricity. Here is bucket before its first use.

Looked through my “to do” rehab list to find a suitable candidate for the first ride. Here it is, a Disston Rancher. This one has not been touched, since I brought it home.

Here we are with the power first connected. You may remember that battery charger from an earlier blog. I picked it for $1. I think I am getting my money’s worth out of it. Four gallons of water and 4 tablespoons of soda in the bucket. Positive lead on the bolt wiring all of the steel bars together. Negative lead on to the saw blade. Nitrogen bubbles started and the water turned cloudy as soon as the power was turned on.

Here it is after it has been cooking for 45 minutes.

I need to run to the store and get some stripper to remove the remaining lacquer from the handle, getting it ready for refinishing. So, I will come back later with the results.

After about three hours on electrolysis, here is a before and after comparison. I probably could have let the blade cook a little longer, but I wanted to see the results.

While the tool picking has barely measured up recently, it has turned into an electrifying experience.

Thanks for stopping by.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim



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Roz

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#1 posted 750 days ago

Man, where were you last year when I was cleaning up my uncles old saws? He was a carpenter in the 20’s to 50’s. That is a great method. As for the tape I have one like it that was his. It came with a carpenters box saws planes hammers etc.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Roz

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#2 posted 750 days ago

What was the charger set to?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Bertha

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#3 posted 750 days ago

I scored that same Lufkin rule not to long ago! I was after something else and it was kind of a passenger.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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TrBlu

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#4 posted 750 days ago

A few years ago, I found a 100’ and a 25’ Chrome Clad leather bound tapes. Now I have a full set.

Roz: The charger is set to 12 volts / 6 amps.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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grizzman

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#5 posted 750 days ago

left me hanging here…gee thanks tim…....but your set up looks really great…i will use it myself for my needs…thanks a bunch for this tutorial…very helpful…bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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grizzman

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#6 posted 750 days ago

wow tim, that worked really well, are you happy with it…i know ive got to get a set up like this, thanks so much, ill needs a few details, so when im ready ill ask you for the help i need…maybe we can somehow have a get together, maybe i can come to your place and check out your shop, ill bring the needed supplies and we can do it together…i might have some wood to bring also…i think i have a little so spare..i will check with my purchasing agent…:) bob.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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whitewulf

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#7 posted 750 days ago

WHEW, thought the handle was still fitted…....

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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jerrells

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#8 posted 750 days ago

I have that smae ruler. It was my Dad’s and I just love it. Almost fell out of my chair when I saw it. Thanks for posting.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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