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Don’t Let Those Old Tools Go To Waste!


Old Tools

There are many people who buy new tools every year and completely neglect their older collection that stays in the shed gathering dust. Now from time to time these tools may be passed down or onto other family members who put them in storage and do exactly the same thing. STOP. These tools are still useful; they just need a bit of TLC to get them back to their former glory.

Just because tools are older than the brand spanking new ones you just purchased doesn’t mean they should be wrote off and completely disregarded. There are many old types of tools that are still perfectly suitable for a variety of jobs around the house and garden; to name a few: chisels, spades, wood planes, drill bits and many more…

A lot of folks will turn their nose up at using old tools, but the wise people will see the advantages they have over going out to buy a brand new tool for a specific job. For one, it’s cheaper to dig out an old tool than it is to go out and buy one, obviously; the older tool also has experience, thus proving that it’s suitable for the job it was designed for. Some of you may even feel a sense of nostalgia from knowing you’re using tools that were used by family or friends many years before.

However, as with most vintage tools, they’ve been neglected and need a bit of work to restore them to what they were. Follow these steps and you’ll be looking at gleaming tools which look brand new!
Simple tool restoration steps

First of all, make sure you have the following items to hand as you’ll probably need most of them, if not all, at some point or another. Clean soft cloths, an old toothbrush or larger brush, steel wool, deionised water (DI), soap and a mild cleaning solution or all purpose cleaner (APC).

Now, gather all those old tools up and lay them out on a surface in good light where you can examine each of them to see the extent of corrosion and evaluate how much work it will take to restore the tool. It’s advisable to separate them into different groups depending on the amount of time and care it will take.

Begin by cleaning off all the dirt, grub and other junk that has accumulated on the surface of your tools using a mixture of soap and water. Don’t be afraid to put a bit elbow grease into the scrubbing, but be gentle if you have delicate tools. Dry the tool using a soft cloth and ensure it’s clean; if there’s any hard to reach areas a vacuum or hair dryer should do the trick.

If there are metal parts, agitate the grime and dirt using a stiff brush along with spirits or a cleaning solution as mentioned earlier. If corrosion is present, dip steel wool in the cleaning solution or spirits and gently rub at the area until you’re happy with the result.

Wipe down the tools with a damp cloth soaked in deionised water as this will remove any of the cleaning products left behind from the previous stage.

If you want to go the extra mile and help preserve these vintage tools you might want to get a synthetic wax to coat wooden areas of the tool with. If you opt to wax them, make sure you buff it off after using a soft cloth!

That concludes how to restore older tools. Just remember to take your time as these tools are probably haggard and worn from many years of use and storage – treat them well and maybe you’ll be the one handing them down the family in the future.

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  • Thomas Mulrooney

    Some great tips here! It’s amazing how quickly old tools can start to rust if you haven’t touched them in a while. A damp shed and tools obviously don’t mix as I discovered! Then again when you don’t go in the shed for months you can hardly be surprised.