I probably should have written more often. Sorry ‘bout that.
So, when I last posted, I mentioned the new toy – an antique Craftsman 6” jointer. Sadly, it’s sitting in a corner collecting (saw)dust.
I ordered a bottle of Evapo-Rust, which has arrived, and I played with it a little. I put a rusty box knife blade in a teacup with some of the stuff, and it did pull the rust off of it, after 30 hours… And it did pull quite a bit of carbon out of the rust, and coated the entire blade with a dark grey soot-like coating, which rubbed of easily with a shop-towel. There is still much pitting where the rust was.
This makes me worry somewhat about removing the rust from the jointer… I hope the tables aren’t pitted too much. I do realize, however, that it has to be done either way. The rust has to come off, and this stuff, Evapo-Rust can do it. I just need to gasp take the jointer apart, and give it’s pieces a bath. Sadly, that means I’ll have to reassemble the jointer, which means I’ll need to reTUNE the jointer, which I don’t know if I’m quite ready for yet. I need a long, trusted straightedge, and I don’t have on yet. I am very tempted to get a few dial indicators to measure thousandths of an inch, since they seem to be obtainable from Amazon without too much money… and the guy at Woodgears.ca seems to use a lot of them in his jigs.
Anyway… moving on.
So, my daughter’s birthday is coming up soon. And it hit me that I was supposed to make her a dollhouse. Either I or my wife had bought a kit a few years ago, a dollhouse kit made out of wood. It’s very thin plywood, and all the pieces are pre-cut punch-out style, so it doesn’t feel like doing woodworking… But, it IS wood, and it DOES need to get done. So, I stopped working on the jointer project for now, and set up my workshop to begin construction and painting of this dollhouse. So far, it’s been all punching out extremely rough cut pieces and sanding, over and over, but I’m sure I’ll get to the painting and gluing part soon. I’ll post some pics when I have them.
So that’s where I am.