Refurbish, Reclaim or Reject!! #2: Restoring Vintage Brass Hand Saw Medallions, No Chemicals!

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Blog entry by Dex378 posted 02-01-2016 03:42 PM 1162 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So a little off my main blog but I wanted to clean up the original H. Disston & Sons pre-1917 medallion from my 22” D-8. I’ve used a buffer, Brasso and steel wool, and chemicals on other brass parts before but I didn’t have time to go into my shop today and I didn’t want to lose any of the lettering on the medallion so I decided to try cleaning it up with household items.
Here is a list of the items I used:
Lemon Juice
Baking Powder
A soft cloth
An old toothbrush
Some good old fashioned American elbow grease.

In a small Dixie cup I mixed some lemon juice and baking powder to a paste.

(It does fizz up so keep an eye on it)
I put some of the paste on my cloth
After 5 minutes of buffing it by hand this is my end result.
Pretty much exactly what I wanted, not back to brand new, but looks pretty damn good for 10 minutes out of my morning.

-- Only the Finest Finish Work.

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#1 posted 02-02-2016 01:00 AM

Great tip Dex, but I really want you to go back and look at the box, is it baking soda or baking powder ??

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 01:08 AM

Get you a dremel with a wool pad and some mothers mag and aluminum polish and that baby will shine.

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 01:16 AM

I didn’t have any baking soda so I tried baking powder….. It worked pretty good. I’ve heard you can actually add a little salt to your rag and that gives it a little more grit. Thanks for looking and commenting on my post.

As for the dremel and Mother’s Mag, I was stuck in the house this morning, couldn’t get to my workshop to get any tools. I was home with my youngest (13 months), so my goal was to get it to look the best I could with only household items and no tools or chemicals. Thanks for the tip though!

-- Only the Finest Finish Work.

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 01:43 AM

I like it. Little projects while toddler tending will keep ya sane.

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