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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 03-20-2012 01:45 PM 2113 reads 4 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have two 1930’s Walker Turner 24” scroll saws I am refurbishing to use in my shop.
After days of scrubbing and polishing I thought there had to be an easier way.
Found how to build your own electrolysis unit on the web, and made one for large parts yesterday.

55 gal plastic drum- free
4×8 sheet of remesh- found with rebar at Home Depot and cut to fit inside barrel
1 rebar rod- woven into remesh
8 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
55 gal of water
Cost around $15.00 total

Hooked up battery charger….bubbles like a witches cauldron !

Can’t wait to take this upper armature out and see how she looks.

Thanks for looking,
Lisa Currier

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com



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patron

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#1 posted 03-20-2012 01:49 PM

now this is an industrial size tank

looks good lisa
can’t wait to see the results too

must be a good hair day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 01:53 PM

Awesome hair day !
Thanks David : )
I felt like a mad scientist working on this.
Cheap and easy ! You know I like that ! (for woodworking ! )
I have a ton of rusty things to put in it too….
I am going to do a five gal bucket for smaller items.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 02:06 PM

at first
i thought it was maybe a link
to some hair removal stuff

but this could come in handy
after the lobotomy i’m thinking of getting
so i don’t notice the creep of alzheimer’s

i could just dunk my head in it
and never need to shave again either

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 02:06 PM

Come on.

Who doesn’t love/appreciate a good spooge tank !!

Very cool !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 02:11 PM

Hey Lisa,
Thank you for starting this thread. I have several old planes that need cleaned.
Could you post a picture of your set up with the charger attached?
I’m a bit confused by the directions in the link you posted. He says to attach the negative side to the piece being cleaned. Does he mean to the chain or wire holding the piece suspended? Surely not directly to the piece under water????
Thanks, Lisa.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 02:52 PM

Sweet. I love this stuff.

Do you wear a tall black pointy hat while watching your cauldron?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 03:08 PM

Hi Lisa. Long time no hear from so, nice to see a post from you. Nice set up and as you say, nice and cheap. Good luck with it. If you don’t mind, I will throw out a response to Gene Howe. Gene, there are quite a few other posts on cleaning tools (mostly hand plane parts) on LJ. You can just do a search on “electrolysis” or “cleaning hand planes”, etc. Here’s a link to a good one that a David did, “cleaning”: http://lumberjocks.com/David/blog/2191

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 05:02 PM

That’s great Lisa. Wish I had known about this a few years ago when I rebuilt several Delta 24” scroll saws for resale. Thanks for the tip and I always enjoy seeing your posts.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 05:41 PM

Thanks Mike, I just checked on it, almost ready to come out of the vat.
Lenny- David did a great blog on this, I missed that one. Hope this helps Gene !
Steve- no hat, but my husband says my hair is wild like Albert Einstein (in the morning) counts for something.
NBeener – SPOOGE !! LOL

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 09:32 PM

Thanks for blog link Lenny. And thanks to David for the blog. It cleared it up for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 03-20-2012 10:24 PM

Creativity… nice job, Lisa.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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dustbunny

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 11:41 PM

I pulled her out of the vat and any paint that was left came off with the hose.

Gave a scrub down with fine steel wool to remove residue,
And dried with heat gun

Light coat of primer to prevent flash rusting

Love this technique, wish I had figured it out sooner…..no more wire brushes for me : )
Thanks everyone for the comments,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#13 posted 03-21-2012 01:02 AM

I do like electrolysis as a method of removing rust. Your concept of having a big container has real merit as some stuff are too big or just a real pain to take apart. The hard part for me is to gain acceptance from my neighbors. I just need to find a container that blends in : )

Just a word of caution: The rebar and the wire mesh will eventually get eaten up over a period of use. You just want to make sure that when & if it collapse, it wouldn’t come in contact with your “Good” piece.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#14 posted 03-21-2012 01:08 AM

will this work on my ears??

jack

;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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dustbunny

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#15 posted 03-21-2012 01:32 AM

hhhopks- thanks I will keep an eye on that.
Jack- yes it will work on your ears, if you can stand the tingle !

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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