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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-16-2010 09:56 PM 2379 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Torpedo level restore
I have this beautiful torpedo level – ‘but it was out of level’...

Here it is – quite nice yes! It will be a perfect match in my tool box with the old school tools.

Opening it up.
Carefully digging out the level glass, I used a dentist tool.
It seemed to be set in a kind of plaster of Paris!
(I thought it was putty that was used, since I seemed to remember the smell from I was young).
And found some new screws for it.

Here a close up, where you can see it set in the old ‘stuff’.

There is a brass fitting in the button that allows you to adjust after its set.
Quite clever.

Brand and new screws.
Notice I had to bore out the old since they had rusted.

Old ‘set stuff’, I think it’s too white to be putty, but perhaps the English putty are more white.
But I had a confirmation that it was putty we use for this.

Filling some new putty into each end, level are cleaned – ohhh yes, and having and espresso, while checking for new input on LJ.

Checking for level, and setting it in the putty.
I gave it a little extra on top, to secure it.

The level became fine, except the marking on the level from birth is a little of.
Since the putty will not be visual after, there is no reason for beauty.

Now the same tour with the little fellow for vertical level.

And here set, notice the new brass screws – dandy yes.

And finally some wax, and we are all ready to go!
(The dry up time for putty are up to two weeks).

Hope someone can bring some old levels back to life,

Best thoughts,

MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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Napoleon

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 10:02 PM

Nice restorations work on a wonderfull old tool.

Hmm there is missing something Mads…

Aha now i know what is…..were the heck is your pipe ?? :D

Well done mr jig :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 10:36 PM

so you noticed it too Thomas ha ha ha
but its maybee becourse it ain´t a jiig and the coin is missing too …lol
great toturial Mads hope it will serve you well for a long time

take care
Dennis

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SPalm

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 01:59 AM

Mads, it looks like you are having the time of your life.
Good for you.

I don’t have an old level, but it was fun watching you perform your love.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Chip

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 02:21 AM

Mads, are you sure you’re not from Antwerp, because you really know how to turn an ordinary rock into a priceless gem. ;-) Is it just me or does anyone else love the brass all over these tools he either makes or restores. Simply wonderful and thanks for the tutorial also!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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swirt

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 06:19 AM

Nice restoration. I have an old 24” level that has a broken tube and glass …. one of these days I’ll get to it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Napoleon

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 08:09 AM

Aha Dennis so thats why he make so many jigs :D

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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mafe

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 11:25 AM

Ok – first of all! I do not smoke when I restore old levels, at least not this time, it’s a rule of life I have, or had…
Napoleon, I’m impressed you spottet that, but I tryed this time with a espresso!
Chip, I’m the same, brass on old tools, there are something about it, thats hart to beat for a 8 dollar Stanley plastic one…
Dennis, me too.
Swirt, you can buy these level tubes on e-bay, so just go for it!
Steve, do you have a new level? You seems to be such a staight guy, that perhaps you are just ded on… ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Napoleon

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#8 posted 10-17-2010 11:33 AM

Mafe when i read your first line i am not getting any wiser on if never smoke w´hen restore old tools or sometimes or or or….......LOOOL….......:D

Anyway i have found a place for that cup of coffe to today…

A place were there is a lot of old stuff ia any way you can think of and yes also old TOOLS…

And yes its for sale…..

Soo see you soon mate :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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mafe

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#9 posted 10-17-2010 11:39 AM

Wauuu that sounds just wonderful see you later mate,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Schwieb

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 02:02 PM

Good fix and a new life for a fine old tool. It will go well in the dovetail tool tote.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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