“What in the world was I thinkin”? My $7 #45 came, but man was it rusty. This will be the first restore I’ve done that required a massive amount of fire. Even after soaking some of the parts for 2 days in evapo-rust, it still took a hefty flame to convince them to come apart.


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And me, trying to get it apart. Is it hot in here?



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Only broke one bolt, and still managed to get the remnants of that out.

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But after soaking, wire wheeling, making a new cherry knob and tote, its back together.

Here is some additional help if you can save the handle.

 

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I need to find a few extra bolts. I’ve got 2 complete sets of cutters, so I should be ready to rumble. I may also move the rosewood fence to my other #45 and add a cherry fence to this one.