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Notes on Tools


Suggested mixtures for cleaning old wooden items.

new and old wedges

How to make new wood look old.

Common woods compared; how to deal with decay and woodworm.

A reminder of the historical clues on the surface, with reference to the Hawley Collection.

de-rusted plane

A commercial rust treatment


Describes rust removal by a domestically-practical electrolytic method.


Some suggestions on how to revive tarnished brass without over-polishing

new old stock

A list of UK sources of old tools for sale.

A suggestion for better Tool Grinding by Peter Goodwin.

wall display

This note is to help you dispose of someone's cherished collection of tools etc. This can be a sensitive situation when the person is a close relative or friend and we hope the suggestions that follow may make the process easier.

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