X-Mas Brace Restoration

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Blog entry by laxbograt posted 01-26-2012 06:53 PM 975 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I got some antique tools for Christmas this year one of them was a Lakeside Brace.


Here are the steps to the process I used.

1) I started by disassembling everything as much as possible.

2) Gave everything I could a nice bath in Evap O Rust overnight, couldn’t quite get all the way to the middle hand section, but it did wonders on everything it touched.

3) I wrapped the small section that I couldn’t get in the bath in paper towels soaked in Evap o rust, it worked pretty good at getting the surface rust off but not near as well as the bath.

4) I started sanding the small metal sections where I used the paper towels. Started with 220 and went all the way to 500, for some reason it still didn’t come out as good as the Evap o rust.

5) So now I actually got to start the wood, I sanded the wood to get all the old grime off, all of the previous coating had long since vanished so I didn’t feel like I was destroying anything. Anyway I sanded the middle section by hand, 220 and up to 500 cleaned up pretty nice.

6) I noticed when I unscrewed the end cap it had a thread pattern similar to thread on my lathe, low and behold it was close enough that I was able to screw a thread or two on enough to secure it. So I was able to sand it on the lathe which expedited things greatly.

7) For the finishing I left the end piece secured to the lathe so that I could rotate it easily. I finished everything with three coats of Boiled Linseed Oil spread out over a day, this was the first time I used BLO and was very impressed. I then waited 24 hours to make sure it was cured and then used three coats of spray on semigloss lacquer.

Finished Results:

I’m pretty happy with the way it came out considering it was the first brace I have restored.

Thanks to Brit for posting such a detailed Blog on his restoration.

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 08:54 PM

Great job : ))

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 10:04 PM

Very good job. I really appreciate when someone restores old tools. I do and I like it !

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 01:00 AM

Restoration is where it’s at. These tools can easily be enjoyed and passed on to the next generation of woodworkers. Great Job!

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