Restoring Antique Joiner's Mallet

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Forum topic by Kurt T. Kneller posted 07-07-2015 11:49 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Kurt T. Kneller

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07-07-2015 11:49 PM

Does anyone out there have any recommendations for stripping old finish from an antique joiners mallet?
It belong to my grandfather and is probably 100 years old and still in really solid condition. The problem is the years of grime, oils, and the like leave nasty marks on my project wood. I would like to clean it up and refinish it
to make it usable. Sort of sad to loose the patina, but I think it is more important to use it instead of letting just sit there. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 12:20 AM

Try simple green. Gets rid of the crud but leaves the finish.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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