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Project by Matt posted 07-14-2009 04:02 AM 1767 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well its not anywhere near perfect and its my second attempt at making one (router bit decided it didn’t like the first one). The hole for the rear screw don’t line up exact and I guess I had a No. 4 and lower screw so it was to short and I drilled a deeper hole. Other than that its perfect! Made from book match walnut and cherry in the middle. Finished with two coats of danish oil and paste wax. Now just to make another one that’s perfect and the front know and get her all cleaned up. Any tips on how to get the rust off without removing the paint?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 04:21 AM

Nice job Matt.

Check out Evaporust

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 04:38 AM

or search electrolysis on this website. I’ve used it and it works. It might be cheaper if you already have the equipment.

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#3 posted 07-14-2009 04:39 AM

ditto on evaporust ,
get it at auto store .
nice job on the handle .

-- 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 07-14-2009 04:46 AM

Great job on the Tote

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 04:47 AM

A nice looking handle. great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 04:55 AM

sign up for the old tools digest they talk about japaning all the time.

I like the new tote

I think you could google japaning and see some recipes. I too like evaporust. Tractor supply can order it. also auto parts stores will get it for you but search till you find it for about $20 per gallon. Auto stores are more like $10 per quart.

An (ONE) overnight in evaporust will not kill the paint.

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#7 posted 07-14-2009 05:50 AM

Don’t do electrolysis if there is a possibility that there is slight oxidation under any part of the paint, because if there is then that section of the paint would lift off. In my opinion that’s only a good thing but you might want to preserve that section even if it’s oxidized underneath, I dunno.

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 03:51 PM

Maybe I’m missing something here, but why do you want to preserve the paint so badly?

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#9 posted 07-14-2009 08:55 PM

I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. It would hold more value if it has the original japanning.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#10 posted 07-16-2009 06:55 PM

a phosphoric acid dip in a product called “Rust mort” available at good autobody shops neutralizes the rust into a hard coat that does not oxidize further. your can paint over it if you like or just leave the original japan finish. cool handle !!!! .... oh yeah, my router “ate” my tote handle as well. i ended up rounding it by hand so as not to suffer a repeat performance.

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#11 posted 07-17-2009 10:11 PM

Thanks guys.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#12 posted 03-18-2010 04:11 PM

Matt, nice job! I just make a tote (plastic one cracked a few years back from the cold). I really like the different woods. Mine is cherry. The knob is being turned by a friend, so John if your out there. Again, looks nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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