Shopsmith Restoration #7: Cleaning Tubes

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 04-03-2010 11:56 PM 5862 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Stripping and Cleaning Part 7 of Shopsmith Restoration series Part 8: Quill Dismantling »

I have been doing some tests of technique for cleaning the various tubes on my Goldie. I will be posting some pics of methods & results as I go along.

Here is a drill holder I got years ago when I bought a cutting disk for my drill. I haven’t used this rig for years, but it is now earning its place in my “Good-to-Have” tool collection. It is adjustable in all directions except length.

This first “Tubes” post deals with the extension table legs. These legs are from my clone machine and were chromed but a lot of the chrome had been rusted out. This evening I used a sanding drum to hold the tube in my drill and used a cable tie to set & hold the drill trigger.

I used sandpaper grits 80 – 100 – 120 – 180 – 280 – 360 – 600 (wet). Followed by paste wax applied to the spinning tube with fine steelwool and buffed off with a polishing cloth.

Here is the result showing before & after.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 11:57 PM

nice work there mate she is coming along very well

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 12:52 AM

what a difference !
something new ,
under the African sun ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 04:13 AM

There are very few ShopSmiths under African skys. I’m still trying to find if there are any other SS’s in South Africa.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 04:23 AM

wow! it’s amazing what a little hard work will do? ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 04-01-2016 12:07 PM

I have had an SS since about 1974. Inherited it.
It was imported in 1954.

-- Rodders

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