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    Mark Armstrong

    Ken you made me giggle 😉
    Nice job David
    Those bits look a bit more of a challenge.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    John Purser

    David Gil,

    Paul has a video on sharpening auger bits here:

    In the video he describes the parts and why they’re important which might be a good thing to know before selecting a method of de-rusting those bits.

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC


    Dave Gill, Ken, Denise,

    Nice work on that brace Dave. I’m trying the soaking in molasses method to avoid all that wire brush and sandpapering that I’ve also done for years to clean old rusted tools. Especially getting into crevices and hard to access areas on tools. Plus the soaking method takes up none of my time allowing me to get work done that’s more important.

    Regarding Coke: When I was in grade school eons ago a science teacher put nails into a jar of coca cola. At the end of the semester the nails were dissolved. Then he gave us a tooth lecture. It’s the food grade phosphoric acid in the soda that eats the rust and metal and tooth enamel. I’m told the molasses works better than coke, white vinegar and some of the other so called ‘Green’ methods which is why I decided to test it out. My experiment is only 4-1/2 days old so I don’t have a result to post yet but there is rust loosening from surfaces.

    Ken, as always, thanks for the great sense of humor and Denise for setting up the satirical stage.

    Joe B.

    David Gill

    Hi John I had watched the video on sharpening the bits and did have a go , it worked well. I am in no hurry to clean the rust off the bits, I will wait to see how Joe’s stripping methods works.

    Still laughing at your gag Ken, you could sell that line, I will certainly use it some time in the future.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    Michael Petre

    I havent tried it myself, I have not needed to, but I heard about using citric acid.

    I cleaned most of my tools using the lemon juice you find in the cooking section of the supermarket, followed by a quick encounter with a brush and sandpaper. I finish with a coat of 3-in-1 and so far didn’t have any rust coming back.

    As I have some jars of molasses I don’t use, I will also attempt that method with the next batch of tools.

    Dave Seamark

    Ken you made me giggle ;)

    I just spat tea on my self… hilarious Ken, Thanks for the giggle.

    I wish that what I know now, I knew when I was younger.

    Blackpool, Lancashire, England


    Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper are sometimes used in BBQ sauce recipes as a secret recipe. Fact: the phosphates in the soda’s act to tenderize the meat. Try soaking a piece of steak in CC for several days and you learn why I will not drink it anymore. You get mush! I have used the CC method on some very rusty irons and it does work to some degree. Needs about 2 weeks of soaking and you may have to ‘freshen’ the coke after a week or so. Very inexpensive method of preliminary rust removal. From what I have read about other rust removal methods, electrolysis may be the most effective method for rapid removal. But like handling sharp edge tools, water and electricity do not normally go well together so I urge caution when using this method. Always use low voltage and