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Forum topic by Evangogh posted 10-15-2014 01:24 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Evangogh

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10-15-2014 01:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chisel lathe hand tool scrape damage prevent

Well, I’m basically in my shop 24/7 lately and since my favorite tool is the lathe, I tend to dirty up my chisels quite a bit. Now, my sets are not exactly high quality, but hey, they’re still mine! It’s hard to explain, but wood dust just about cakes the tips and I literally have to scrape it off after use. I’m guessing it gets like this because I’m mostly turning wet wood.

Is there some kind of varnish or something I can rub onto the metals to help keep them from getting damaged?

-- Turn on, brothers and sisters!!!


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#1 posted 10-15-2014 02:38 AM

Wax or paraffin.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 02:41 AM

Diesel works well.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 12:16 PM

Just rub it all in, eh? Sounds easy enough! Jinx, is the diesel for cleaning or does it help protect it too?

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 12:35 PM

Diesel or kerosene would be good for cleaning, maybe for protecting but you’d get it all over your lathe and the wood you’re turning. As a preventative measure, wax would be your best bet.

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#5 posted 10-15-2014 12:58 PM

Wax

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#6 posted 10-15-2014 01:17 PM

I just wipe my tools off with whatever is handy while gunk still wet or hit with sandpaer when dry.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 10-15-2014 02:26 PM

diesel is excellent for soaking tools (blades and metal parts) in to get rid of gum, rust and things like that. After soaking overnight, either wipe them dry or was them with soap and water and lightly oil/wax or whatever you wish.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 08:28 PM

Soak, scrape, scrub, wax. Damn… is there an S word for applying wax? XD

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 08:43 PM

yes: slather

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#10 posted 10-15-2014 08:45 PM

NICE!!!!!

-- Turn on, brothers and sisters!!!

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#11 posted 10-16-2014 01:01 AM

Usually those caked up stuff will dry on you tools and the next time you use them, they will just pop right off. So, don’t Sweat it.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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