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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-29-2018 12:35 AM 812 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found these four lathe tool ( minus handle) in a box of rusty junk at school. I fished them out before they scrapped them and made handles for them. the handle are maple and finished with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed.

I see why they came out of the handles- the tangs are short and tapered like a file so they come loose easily with a little wiggling. To prevent that with the new handles, I drilled through the handle and the tang and inserted a roll pin before I put on the ferrules.

To clean up the rust, I used a rust eraser that I bought on E bay and it shined the steel up so they look presentable. When I was a tool maker a guy gave me a red ” rubber stone” is what he called it and I used it for years for shining steel knives etc, but it got worn out and I could never find another by that name. Then I came across these rust erasers ( https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-SR0101-Knife-ERASER-cleans-rust-tarnish-and-blemishes-made-in-GERMANY/302144021425?epid=2254399019&hash=item46592fe3b1:g:ahUAAOSwB-1Y4Bzh ) and bought one and it is just about the same as my rubber stone.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 09-29-2018 12:46 AM

Given the short discussion we had on rust, my ears are duly perked. Very good to remove rust, but, how long will it stay gone?

-- Mark

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Druid

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#2 posted 09-29-2018 01:31 AM

Jim, nice save, and it looks like you have a good set of tools as a result of your efforts.
Interesting link to the “erasers”. If you want to go even farther, and put a factory shine on these tools, I would suggest using some PW11 Flexcut Gold Polishing Compound . . .
https://www.flexcut.com/home/product/pw11-flexcut-gold-polishing-compound
I have been using this to hone my carving tools for several years, and it will also put a beautiful shine on the rest of each blade (including my wife’s kitchen knives). I find that it works very well with manual or motorized stropping methods, and a 6.5oz bar lasts me quite a while.
They also have a good explanation of honing methods for anyone who is interested at . . .
https://www.flexcut.com/customer-service/resources/sharpening/

Mark – “How long will it stay gone?” Usually until you notice it again. ;) Sorry…
Actually, one product that you can use if rust is an ongoing problem for you is an Anti-Corrosion Emitter, and that is available at . . .
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=59367&cat=1,43456

Here’s the translation for Comment #8 that will be posted by andre4691 . . .
“nice handles nice to work with”
and I agree. ;)

Have a great day,
John.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 09-29-2018 01:41 AM

Good deal Jim, more tools for your arsenal or do they go back to the student arsenal

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jerry

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#4 posted 09-29-2018 02:09 AM

Great job Jim, I sure like the design AND the consistency from one handle to the next.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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bushmaster

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#5 posted 09-29-2018 02:21 AM

I got a couple tools from the school also, one is the same as that very shallow gouge. You have done a great job of shinning yours up. They wanted to give me their lathe chucks that didn’t fit their new lathes, I told them I think they will if you take the threaded insert out. Will check back with them and see if they do fit.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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tyvekboy

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#6 posted 09-29-2018 02:30 AM

Great restoration. Thanks to everyone for tips and links to other great products.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 09-29-2018 03:03 AM

Looks like you have an extra set of tools now Jim. Very uniform handles. Whenever I see those short tangs I add epoxy to the hole for extra strength. Thanks for the rust eraser tip on e-bay. May come in handy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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andre4691

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#8 posted 09-29-2018 05:20 AM

хорошие ручки приятно работать

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 09-29-2018 05:25 AM

Well done Jim. Nice work.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 09-29-2018 07:25 AM

Nice save on the chisels. What is the consistency of those erasers? Looks like it could be like carbon, hard and brick like, or just a spongy feeling dark looking deal. If it’s spongy I wonder if those Mr Clean “magic Erasers” wouldn’t work a little. I’ve never though to try them on tool steel, but darned if they don’t take the grime and crud off our Jenn Aire stove top better than anything else I have tried. A little Barkeeper’s Friend, and those erasers, and it’s cooked on gook be gone. My Uncle used to keep Bar Keepers in the shop, he would put it on a stone as a slurry, and it would shine as you sharpened. I know that Man got the wickedest edges I have ever encountered.

Good post, thanks everyone.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 09-29-2018 01:04 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments! I can’t see a nice group of tools like that be scrapped and I don’t need much of an excuse to get on the lathe!!

Hi Mark, as far as getting rusty again, John has it covered..Thanks John. I guess you could wax them like a machine top in the shop. I just put them in the rack and at home and in Az. I have not had a rust problem. When you get water, wood glue and who knows what spilled on them at school, they don’t stand a chance!!

Hi Brian, It sure is nice to have those bushings in the lathe chucks. I have Grizzly chuck and I have 4 different threaded bushings for 4 different lathes and I switch them a lot.

Hi Steve, the erasers are a hard spongy texture and crumble when you work them hard. I think the rubber stone I had was a finer texture and held up longer but it crumbled also. Is this the stuff your uncles used? (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bar-Keepers-Friend-More-Spray-Bottle/351400177888?epid=587665303&hash=item51d11530e0 )

What a coincidence, I just order a bag of Oxalic acid to clean the wood after fractal burning and in the description, it says it is a main ingredient in Barkeepers Friend!! I ordered this: /www.ebay.com/itm/Oxalic-Acid-Dihydrate-Wood-Bleach-Agriculture-Forestry-Livestock-Slpy-Beekeeping/192643385136?var=&hash=item2cda70c730

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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lew

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#12 posted 09-29-2018 01:06 PM

Great save and some gorgeous handles! Nicely Done!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 09-29-2018 03:35 PM

Nice save Jim. These tools will have an extended life now thanks to you and the beautiful handles you have made for them.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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peteg

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#14 posted 09-29-2018 08:52 PM

great Refurb project Jim, I like your “fix” for the handle problem, they sure are short tangs
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 09-29-2018 08:53 PM



To clean up the rust, I used a rust eraser that I bought on E bay and it shined the steel up so they look presentable. When I was a tool maker a guy gave me a red ” rubber stone” is what he called it and I used it for years for shining steel knives etc, but it got worn out and I could never find another by that name. Then I came across these rust erasers ( https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-SR0101-Knife-ERASER-cleans-rust-tarnish-and-blemishes-made-in-GERMANY/302144021425?epid=2254399019&hash=item46592fe3b1:g:ahUAAOSwB-1Y4Bzh ) and bought one and it is just about the same as my rubber stone.

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Look GREAT… best handles ever now!

I have had very good results removing rust from all nooks & crannies using …
This: Evaporust...
It’s really amazing how well it works…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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