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Subject:One other thing I did this weekend
Time:11:34 pm

Before and After
Originally uploaded by whipartist.

See this little piece of metal? It's a rather insignificant and yet visually prominent part of the Ducatil. It's a tiny little thing, maybe 2" across and an inch and a half tall. I scrubbed and sanded and polished this part for about 20 minutes, and wound up with it looking like the top photo. It was certainly way better than when I started (it's the base of the tube that goes up along the cylinder), but it didn't feel good enough. If I'm going to put this much effort into restoring a bike, I want it to look good, dammit.

Plus, this level of effort just won't scale. There's a lot of should-be-shiny metal on the bike, and I don't think I'm up to spending countless hours with steel wool, polishing everything by hand. I know myself well enough to know that it just wouldn't happen. And finally, my RSI-plagued wrist and shoulder don't really like that much repetitive motion.

Yesterday I trotted off to Sears and bought a bench polisher. After setting it up I spent about 30 seconds polishing one side of the part and got the finish in the bottom photo. Much better!

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playfulswitch
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Time:2007-09-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
Sweet!

Always room for more tools, especially power tools!

How many kinky uses have you thought up for it?
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whipartist
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Time:2007-09-04 09:21 pm (UTC)
C'mere and I'll show you...
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loser_variable
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Time:2007-09-05 04:31 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, you gotta go power tools. If they sold a gas powered phone, I'd buy one. I offset the carbon by poaching moose, of course.
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