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.
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-- 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