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Thread: Can this machine be rescued?

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    Super Member Caroline S's Avatar
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    http://www.swageblocks.com/

    Interesting reading today. I learn something new every day.

    Good use for your swage blocks and anvil.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Nice website

    I really like re-purpose things.

    In that picture (closest first) is an old dock cleat from Alameda naval shipyard being re-purposed as an anvil, then the swage block, and then the bottom of an old welding tank cut off and flipped upside down to use as a forming dish. Under that is a 8" iron pipe end-cap filled with lead. In medieval times they used lead as a forming surface. works well but it is toxic, so I keep it capped with the pipe end-cap when not in use (or being used a a mass object...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCow333 View Post
    Bondo.

    "Can it be refurbished?" is kind of a NASCAR question: The answer is always how much time and money and work are you up for? LOL Anyway, it's an interesting hobby and it's certainly great to see the rare antiques refurbished and the not-so-rare oldies get interesting new paint jobs.

    I'm not an artist, but I've always loved the English tea services and English bone china. I'd love to be talented enough to paint up a sewing machine with something like this.
    from http://www.phyllismcelhinney.com/sho...o=12&gallery=2
    YES YES YES! Would that be most awesome, or what? Great Idea.
    peace
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

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    I just want to say to all the people who work so hard to bring these beautiful machines back to life are just marvelous.

    I would love to see a whole show on this process. I love what you all do. Thank you all!
    peace
    no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting View Post
    I just want to say to all the people who work so hard to bring these beautiful machines back to life are just marvelous.Thank you all!peace
    Thank you for appreciating the work. This reply should be on the MOP thread but, I really like MOP machines so it seemed only reasonable to learn the process. In my research I already learned about something I had never heard of. "Rottenstone" is a finer grade of pumice stone. It is primarily these days for fine wood finishing. It was used as the final polishing stage for the Mother Of Pearl inlay process back in the day.

    I am going to see about finding some for the second try. for this pass i will use modern tools. I am too impatient to wait to see results.

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    Sweet Caroline

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    even easier.... Cathy is bring me down some next week! Woo Hoo!

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    automatic transmission fluid........... great stuff....
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    What is ATF?.
    Squirrelly Shirley

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    now that is a great color.. lol
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    Bright yellow with smiley faces
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    I have been restoring a Free Westinghouse that has been neglected for a long time. I have been polishing some of the plated parts that looked like they should be replaced or tossed out to most people. I worked some magic on them with a buffing wheel, jewelers rouge and a Dremel. Followed up with wadding polish. The results surprised even me.

    First is the broken and bent lamp that looked just awful.

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    Next is the faceplate. The finish was less than dull and was rough and lifeless. The after picture was difficult to take because it was like taking a picture of a mirror.

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    As you can see there are some small, fine scratches in the Nickel plating in the after picture. I think that it is a small price to pay when you look at the before picture.
    ~G~

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