I got one of those deals on a big box that contained more than 70 old
augur bits for my brace drill. These bits are really gunky, dirty,
some of them are rusty, but they are all filthy and covered with years
of gunk. I have been thinking the best thing to do with them is to
drop them in a bucket of mineral spirits and let them soak for a few
hours, just to get at least the original crud off them. Any better
ideas? I'd like to do the initial cleaning as easily as possible,
then, when they're clean(er), I can look at the bits individually and
scrub/clean/sharpen or discard as necessary. But I need to get to step
Thanks for any tips.
Soak them in a bucket of degreaser (Simple Green would work), brush
them off with a stiff brush, then use an electrolysis pit to derust
them. (Google on electrolysis rust removal). Finally, spray them with
Boeshield or other rust preventive spray.
I once bought a cardboard can full of bits in a thrift shop, very cool find.
They were covered in
dirty grease (genuine gunk), I soaked them in a water based degreaser, for a
day, like over night,
then cleaned them with paper towels and a bucket of water to rinse, then dried
them with a clean
rag towel. Worked great. Leonard Lee's "The Sharpening Book" shows how to
and I followed that for one bit, so far. That special file will need replacing
more often than it
seems, so you might want to buy at least a few or four to start. Small filing
stones also work,
Norton and Arkansas, with oil. As far as rust, steel wool and wd-40. Congrats on
Alex - "newbie_neander" woodworker
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