I’ve been working on moving into my new space at school. David Clemons made us our own benches for the advanced students. This is it empty.
|empty new bench.|
While I’ve been moving my stuff in, I started to look at my tools. They got so rusted on my trip. And some just needed some Tender Loving Care.
|Rusty Ruler for my Square|
What I needed to do to remove this was WD40, a File Card, Fine grit wet/dry sand paper, a rag and a container.
|spraying with wd-40|
I coated all my tools with wd-40 and let them sit for about 5 minutes.
|sit and “simmer” for 5 minutes|
After they sat for a few minutes, I used the file card on the files, going in line with the grain, or ridges of the file to remove the rust in the crevices.
|Sand paper and elbow grease|
For the other tools, like the ruler on my square, I used steel wool and then the fine-grit sand paper. I wiped it clean with the towel to see how much rust was leftover. Depending on the amount of rust, I had to continuously coat the steel tools with wd-40 and then remove the rust.
|wow-it is a ruler!|
Rust on tools occur when air and water chemically react on your steel, and begin to corrode. This is a common problem. The moisture in the air causes this, especially in humid environments. You can take steps to prevent this by coating the surface with a greasy non-water based lubricant. I used wd-40 once again to coat the tools, and then wiped them with a clean towel to have them ready for my next project.