Cleaning Up A Rusty Tool
Rusty tools are a problem for every woodworker at some point, in this video we'll show you how to make that problem go away
Rusty tools are a problem for every woodworker at some point. There are many ways of dealing with rust: from vinegar to cola, and from naval jelly to Evapo-Rust, each will do the trick to some degree. I’ve become a fan of Evapo-Rust ever since contributing editor, Rollie Johnson recommended it to me. I’ve found it quickly removes rust on my tools, while not feeling like you’re using too many harsh chemicals.
My poor bandsaw has been in storage for the past three years, splitting time between a U-Haul trailer, my parent’s garage, my uninsulated garage, and finally, my insulated garage turned shop. Unfortunately, in that time the cast iron table became covered in rust. I should have dealt with the rust the moment I saw it, while moving the bandsaw between my parent’s garage and mine, but there were definitely bigger things to worry about at the time. Now that I’m finally nearing the finish line on my shop, it’s time to get my faithful bandsaw cleaned up, and like many things in life, after putting the effort in, I’m embarrassed I didn’t do it sooner.
More on rust removal:
- Salt and Vinegar: Nature’s Rust Remover – Some common household and shop items can turn your rusty planes into everyday users.
- Removing and Preventing Rust on Machinery – Scour a cast-iron surface, then protect it from dampness
- Rust Removal with Lemon Juice and Salt – Sometimes a great tool is hiding under a film of rust, and with a little elbow grease and a couple of household ingredients, it’s not too hard to get that old tool shining again
- 3 Methods For Removing Rust – Rollie Johnson demonstrates how to remove rust from your tools and keep it at bay