Hey folks! I finally have some photos to share. I will document the process in a coherent way once this stuff is taken care of. I’m currently de-rusting bits of the old jack plane.
Here are a few examples of the process and results:
A rusty chisel, after a very quick dip in the electrolyte (I had neglected to get a photo first):
I’m feeding a small electronics power supply (5V) into these components to clean up the juice a bit, and then pass it through a variable resistor so I can control current. It’s not necessary but it is useful. This photo was from before I switched the power supply out (down from a 9V) as the voltage regulator was not rated for that voltage and was getting hot, hence the impromptu heat sink:
Here’s the rusty chisel in the bath:
Here’s a different chisel (which looked about the same as the one pictured above) showing how much detail remains after the rust removal. The next step is to clean it up a bit more. You can clearly see a diamond emblem stamped into the top:
This process is fantastic. I’ve got the lever cap for the plane cooking now, and it’s working out very well. I can’t wait to get it all cleaned up. :) Thanks for reading!