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642 days ago
I’ve been slowly and frugally collecting selected old hand tools. These are “users”, not collectibles. I’m not gonna become a collector (I swear!). But I do like pretty.
Many I choose are already “restored”, but these are pricier. Others are in good condition, but “as found”; and some of those have a great “patina” and function perfectly – and I leave them alone and just use them.
Some are uglier. Surface rusted, maybe even very slight pitting. So I clean them up. I’ve been using scouring pads and Evapo-Rust and sandpaper and my Dremel to make them look as good as possible. The Dremel is what got me; sometimes the parts I clean up with the Dremel come out polished so nice I bet they’re prettier than new. And it’s fun!
Got me a pretty nice 1920’s Stanley #3, and this is my first plane restoration. I found Major Panic, and I want to do a full restore to prettier than original. But I’m tired of using that little Dremel to buff and polish things. I have a no-name little buffer that someone gave me, but I’ve never used it because I don’t know a thing about it (but it does run).
I found a website for Caswell Electroplating that has An Introduction to Buffing and Polishing. Very interesting, but I’m sure they are mostly trying to sell me things.
So, the question is, is this a good starting place? Or does someone know of a great book, article or website where I can learn about what I’m getting into?
-- Jim Maher, Illinois