Friday, February 9, 2018

Beam Boring Machine restoration Part 3

Finally got to spend some time in my shop, each time I try to do something. Either pick up something, put it away in its place or start something.

This past week, I managed to work on the wood pieces, and final waxing coat happenned today and the metal work has started.

Piece on left cleaned but no finish.
The one on the right has its first coat  

All the pieces, cleaned, finish restorated and a coat of wax.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the wood under all the grime and grease from years of storage in a barn, no doubt... Nice oak side pieces with amazing ray flecks, beautiful, but hard to photograph.

These are the products I used on the wood pieces

I first used Murphy oil soap (full strenght) with a blue scrubby pad (an older worn one, rescue from kitchen sink) to scrub the wood and removed all the grime and what have you. Then rinse with a wet scrubby.
Let dry overnite. Next was the Howard-Restore Finish, to bring back some colour to the wood. Then following a close inspection of the parts I glued some broken bits (splits mainly) and applied generously the PC petrified wood hardener on the rotten parts underneath at the front where the top pieces are bolted on.

At this point I did not see a reason to cut in the rot and put in new piece of wood to effect repair. I am confident that the wood hardener would be sufficient at this time, but time shall tell. I will revisit later...

I then finished the wood parts by applying a coat of Howard Feed & Wax.
Very happy how it turned out.

Now time to turn our attention to the metal bits.
First on deck were the two metal slides on each sides of the wood uprights, were the drill chassis slides up and down. They have quite a bow on them.

You can see the speed bumps on the slides parts.
A few minutes with a hammer and a few squeeze in a metal vise, 
they are a lot straighter...

And now the real dirty part, cleaning, degreasing then rust removal.
It would be a waste of Rust removal chemical to treat it as is. Too much dirt to be effective.

The tool used, rubber gloves, a set of three brushes (Steel, brass and nylon)
Reardless of price point they never seems to last more 
than one cleaning  per one tool :-(

Starting to see metal under all the grime

Once scrubbed dry, they got a got coat of Krud Kutter remover 
and let to soak in for at least 20 mins

Once cleaned, these parts will get a primer coat then a coat of Rustoleum glossy black rust paint.  Probably by this weekend??

Now if you will excuse me, I have a mess to clean up before Jean return :-)

Bob, whose hands have acquired the color of the rusty metal :-)


  1. Make sure you wear a dust mask doing this, DAMHIK.

  2. Yes I know...but rarely do
    I am used to live dangerously, I run with sharp chisels in my hands, and sometimes (gasp) sharp handsaws :-)

    Bob, the hyperactive kid

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