Old oil and coolant soaked box refurb

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Project by Jay Nolet posted 415 days ago 868 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. about three weeks ago I posted a question about what kind of finish would be good for machine oil and coolant soaked wood. Well, Shellac would of worked, but I couldn’t get a smooth finish. Sanded that off and put on some General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil + Urethane Topcoat. That worked great. Three coats and a wax job. I think that this wood was never meant to be seen again after the box was first built. No thought was put into matching up the pieces. The yellow sticker came off in one piece so I stuck it to some card stock. The bottom was falling out and the sides of the top came right off. I cleaned and glued everything back together. I used the original hardware after ketchup and 0000 steel wool. I tried to save as many dings on the wood as I could. They tell the story like the scars on me from old “war” wounds. This morning, I gave the box back along with the sticker to the co-worker who gave it to me. He was surprised.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#1 posted 415 days ago

Very nice restoration …. great job

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#2 posted 415 days ago

jay that turned out beautiful, it looks like walnut, leaving the dings is a good call, and your right, it does show and tell the story…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 415 days ago

Beautiful job on this and I bet he WAS surprised and quite happy! You did a good deed for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 415 days ago

Beautifully done, sir!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#5 posted 415 days ago

Nice restore!! Had to look up the ketchup reference for cleaning up the hardware… Learn something new everyday :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 414 days ago

Thanks guys. I didn’t mention before, but the inside of the box had a nasty smell. I do believe it was from the coolant. Coolant can carry bacteria. It’s a fight waged daily at work. The box is so old I don’t think it’s a problem at this point. Now it’s all sealed off. Well, as much as I can seal it. It doesn’t smell anymore. Till next time, play safe all.

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#7 posted 413 days ago

Wow! It looks good as new. Great repair on the box. I bet the owner was also surprised.

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