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Forum topic by chainsawdan posted 09-29-2014 08:17 AM 924 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2014 08:17 AM

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So I’m a novice woodworker and I just received a lathe as a gift. I wanted to remove some rust from the chisels and read online soaking them in vinegar was a good solution. Having experimented with stains I should have known what effect the vinegar and rust would have on the wooden handles. Now the top 1/4” of the handles that was submerged and the steel is stained black. Any suggestions on the best/easiest way to return them to their former glory before my father shows up to give me some tips on turning? Mineral spirits?

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 11:52 AM

I would use steel wool and oil or WD-40 to remove rust instead of vinegar. Have no idea how long it would take vinegar to dissolve rust or if it will. Can only guess it might remove or gum up whatever finish is on those handles.

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 01:10 PM

The blacked area on the steel is a phosphate created by the vinegar. Use a non woven pad (like Scotchbrite) and a light oil to remove the black coating. The stain on the handle might be another problem. You might try some oxalic acid.


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#3 posted 09-29-2014 01:15 PM

Might try some fine grit sandpaper on the wood handles.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 01:13 PM

Thank you all. What type of oil would you recommend Mr. White?

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