Cedar Treadle Table

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Project by Chaotic posted 08-03-2014 12:52 AM 2266 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Badly rusted from sitting in junkyard. Put it in electrolysis bath for a few days, then wire wheeled it. Primer, paint, cedar top with satin poly.

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 02:25 AM

Would you do me a favour and explain to me what electrolysis bath is? I have the same rusted frame and would like to clean out the rust.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 02:39 AM

Take a look at this link, it’s a very handy technique for those projects with terrible rust.

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 03:07 AM

Just needs a Goodell Pratt lathe or a bench grinder on top! Nice recycling.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 09:14 AM

Sweet looking table and simple to boot.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 01:17 PM

Nice table… but I gotta ask. HOW BIG is your soaker tub? Even with taking the frame apart, you had some pretty large frame sides to soak.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 01:37 PM

Nice table, Just last week my mother asked me to make her a top for her old treadle frame. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 01:49 PM

Joe, my tub is as big as I need it to be. I use landscape timbers and tarps (even the cheap ones from Lowes hold water) to construct the appropriate size bath. I didn’t have to take it apart, and couldn’t have because of how badly the thing was rusted around the bolts.

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 12:52 AM

Nice conversion! I might look for another, but restoring the first one darned near wore me out.

-- Smitty

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 01:51 AM

great sewing to table conversion!

i used the same identical. sewing machine base to build a secretary on top of it. (it’s listed on my projects list)

i wire brushed down the base, phosphoric acid (product called rust mort) wiped down, primed and gloss black enamel painted and clear coated. been about 5 years now with no rust.

thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 02:58 AM

That’s awesome Smitty. Hadn’t heard of rust mort before Aurora. Have to check it out.

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