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Project by Phil53 posted 11-18-2011 06:16 PM 1380 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I pick this tool up at a tool sale for $15.00. I think someone was using it to split wood with because of the hammer damage to the top of it. I made the handles out of bodark. The caps I put in some muriatic acid (used to clean swimming pools) to clean the rust off. The green pant was going to be just a base coat but I liked the color so well I decided to leave it like that.

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 06:29 PM

I like this, bring old tools back to life. Nice Work.

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 07:22 PM

I also love to bring old tools back to life. It is amazing what you can find. Great job!

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 07:43 PM

Wow. Beautiful work. I have a draw knife in serious need of repair. How did you like working with muriatic acid?

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 11:50 PM

The acid is something you want to follow ALL safety (eye ware and gloves). This is not a real strong acid but it will burn you if you get it on your skin or eyes. After I get done with everything I wash it off with a solution of Arm and Hammer baking soda and water. This neutralizes the acid. Then I rinse with clean water. I keep this solution this around from start to finish.

FYI if you have any old files you can soak them in muriatic acid for about 5 min. and it will clean them up real nice. Be sure and wash them off with the baking soda and blow all the excess water off or they will rust up fast because they will be clean. This gets all of that crud out that builds up in the teeth.

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 11:57 PM

Great save….....

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#6 posted 11-19-2011 12:09 AM

Great restore. I have an old spokeshave that belonged to my grandfather and it looks very similar to the one you have. Mine has 1914 carved into the wood handle.
I use muriatic acid to clean the saltwater generator on our pool about 3-4 times a year. It is strong and definnitely something to be used carefully…but it does a great job cleaning.

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#7 posted 11-19-2011 12:15 AM

great looking restore :-)

Brandon I don´t know the muriatic Acid but if you want to use one of the less agressive
Acids there is then use Citrus Acid

here is some blogs about it


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#8 posted 11-19-2011 02:09 AM

Looks like brand new!!!!!!!!............Jim

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#9 posted 11-19-2011 07:50 PM

What was involved in replacing the handles?

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