My Journey #6: Restoring some old iron

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Blog entry by Trimble posted 09-30-2010 06:56 PM 1267 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So, yesterday, I spent more time working on my daughter’s dollhouse. Damn, there are LOTS of little parts to sand. Wow.

Yeah, so there’s that. But, I also did some work on my new big toy, the old 50’s Craftsman 6” jointer. I was rusted all to heck, but I bought a bottle of Evapo-rust, and I have been soaking the parts in it.

This stuff kicks some ass! If you have rust you need to get rid of, get some of this stuff. It melts away. Plus, it’s not an acid or caustic chemical, so you don’t have to treat it like handling dangerous chemicals.

I’ve decided that I might try Electrolysis on the bigger parts. That said, I’ve also decided that evapo-rust will always be the way to go on small parts like screws and levers, but for a single large piece, I think electrolysis may be cheaper. I had soaked the fence of my jointer in the Evapo-rust, but I didn’t have enough to get a full submersion, so I had to roll it around in the stuff for a few days. The other parts of the old iron jointer are even bigger, so it might be smarter for me to use a plastic trashcan and electrolysis for the bigger parts, if I really want to get all the rust off of them.

Fun stuff!

Oh, and I keep forgetting. I have this tree in my yard. It’s been down for almost half the year so far, so I didn’t really think about it much, but as I’ve gotten more and more into woodworking, I’ve started looking at this thing thinking about how I can get boards out of it. Here’s some photos. The big log is about 3+ feet in diameter.

I’ve been told it was an oak, but I don’t remember. I wasn’t “into” woodworking before it came down. So, I have a few questions.

1) is it safe to assume this thing is NOT past it’s prime for harvesting for lumber?
2) How do I find someone who can come to my yard and mill this thing into some boards for me? What do I look for in the yellowpages / CL ?

Thanks in advance for answers! What a fun journey this is so far!

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 01:01 AM

A 3 foot diameter log down less than a year should still be okay to mill as long as it hasn’t been sitting in standing water all the time. as for getting it cut, ever think of splitting it yourself? A couple of wedges and a heavy sledge and away you go. It’s the old fashioned way.

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