Removing 409, ball feet
Hello all. I hope all is well with everyone. I have 2 questions:
1. I came across a box of about a dozen 10 inch saw blades that had belonged to my Dad, and my Mom is cleaning out and found them. They don't look too bad as far as sharpness, but they're mighty gummed up and dirty. I think he probably cut a lot of pine. I've had good luck using 409 to clean router bits, but it leaves a little bit of gumminess that I've been getting off with alcohol or mineral spirits.
I'm thinking about getting a shallow, reclosable plastic container and just keeping it about half full of 409 so I can soak blades and bits in overnight before brushing them clean. Do you think that just rinsing the blades with hot water would remove the residue that 409 seems to leave, or should I wipe them down with mineral spirits or some such?
2. I'm planning to make several small keepsake boxes to give to family members and friends for bdays, etc. I thought it might look nice to have some really small ball feet on them. But the ones I've found so far are pretty pricey, especially considering that I'm planning to make several.
Does anyone know of a really inexpensive source of ball feet or maybe brass pins? I had even considered gently drilling a roundout in the bottom corners with a drill bit, then epoxying ball bearings on for feet. I've also been looking at lamp hardware, like the threaded ball that holds some lamp shades on. Not cheap enough yet. Any ideas? Thanks. Jim