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Forum topic by WOODLAND posted 12-10-2014 10:44 PM 960 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2014 10:44 PM

I could really use some of my fellow Lumberjocks help here I scored on some old antique dressers and tools at a storage unit auction this week. Only trouble is there was a leak in roof and item were exposed to water. Some of the dresser’s drawers are swollen shut can’t get them to open and the wood has molded. Is there away to dry these out so that the swelling will go down so drawers can be opened without breaking them apart? Second what is the best way to get rust off the tools and dresser’s hardware and the mold off the wood? I would appreciate any advice here. The wood I believe to be walnut.


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#1 posted 12-12-2014 12:44 AM

Wish I could help Jenny. Have you tried the www?. I find youtube very good for lots of things.

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 12:49 AM

Not sure about the wood, but might be able to help with the tools. Some pictures would go along way certainly. What kind of tools and hardware?

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 02:05 AM

Yeah pictures would help. Best way to get the rust of depends on the size of the tools and hardware and how much you want to spend. You can soak rusted items that are all metal in vinegar or water with some citric acid mixed in, or buy some evaporust (good stuff, but gets expensive) or look up electrolysis for rust removal. Electrolysis is very effective and cheap once you get it set up. Often a brass wire wheel on a bench grinder is a good way to get the first layer of rust off before the soaking methods. Vinegar and citric acid can harm certain things like anything zinc coated, and you don’t want to leave things in there long before checking on them and brushing them a bit.

This thread had lots of ideas for how to deal with the mildew:
You’re going to have to dry the stuff out first of course. Put them in a dry place with a dehumidifier or somewhere with a wood burning stove should do the trick.

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#4 posted 12-12-2014 03:46 PM

Replies thanks for the tips. Done crying over the shock of opening 1 box with 10 nice antique Standley planes that had started to rust Evaporust is cleaning them up nicely. I was lucky the chisels were all wrapped in plastic so no rust on them. The dressers going to be slow go working on getting the mold off them let them dry. Got one apart yesterday so it can dry inside and out Evaporust is working to cleanup the handles and knobs.


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#5 posted 01-08-2015 10:14 PM

Great find today Evapo Rust $8.00 a gal it was so cheap had to buy 4 gal….LOL


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#6 posted 01-08-2015 10:40 PM

Great find today Evapo Rust $8.00 a gal it was so cheap had to buy 4 gal….LOL


That’s a killer deal. Where did you find it for that price? Last time I bought some was when Lowe’s was getting rid of their stock and had quarts for ~$2.50 ea.

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