A couple of days ago I bought an entire shop worth of tools from the estate
of a fellow who passed away a few years ago. These tools have sat for a few
years and tarnished a little. I was trying to find a quick way to polish up
the front and back rails without doing it by hand.
I settled on using a small lathe with a four jaw chuck, removing the tool
rest/banjo and tail stock. To support the rail (70") I drilled two 1-3/8"
holes in some boards and secured them to a pallet on top of the 25 year old
General 350. I waxed the inside of the holes to reduce friction. I just
happened to have a Flex pipe polisher in stock and had the guys break it out
to make the job even faster. With the lathe set at 450 RPM (slowest speed)
each rail was cleaned up in about 10 minutes. The guys in the back of our
shop were a little leery about my setup, but it worked wonderfully. I will
use this on the next used drill press that shows up with a tarnished/rusty
Thanks for looking,
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