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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Firstly, apologies if I've posted this in the wrong section of the forum but here goes.

In my mission to populate my workshop "cool tool wall" with ... I think you can guess, cool tools, I've got a "problem" with a few of the items, in that the wooden handles are pretty well impregnated with machine tool oil transferred from decades of handling by dirty greasy hands.

I'm not looking to get the handles back to some "better than new" state, as that immediately robs the tool of part of its history (does that sound like sentimental clap-trap), but I think there's plenty of scope to improve the state of the handles, so what do you think?

On the subject of history, the wrench has it's owners name scratched into the jaws and is dated as 04 April 1948.
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paint thinner or the like...
but why...
that oil is good for the wood...
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I wouldn't want to remove the "patina" from the tools - and since you want to display them on your "cool tool wall" I'd put them up as is
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Yup..."if it ain't broke, don't fix it til it is"...looks cool to me...
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That finish is what gives the tool "character".... IMHO
Don't change it.....

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I like that monkey wrench, I have never seen one quite that configuration before.
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Love them just the way they are.

Oil is a penetrating finish....
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Yup..agree with what they before me input....
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They are great just the way they are just like an old gun stock. I would not change them at all.
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Put me on the keep them as they are list.
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