10-20-2013, 09:30 AM
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ST.REGIS #1 F.M.CO.CHICAGO (Wooden handle)

What's up Doc? Here I am with another humble restoration.

You know that I love the old barber style brushes. You know that I love using them, and replacing the long bristles by new badger knots, even the bristles be yet unused. It is my way. It is the way that I best prefer to have brushes completely functional for me, that usually lather in the face.

Well, do you remeber this brush that I was fortunate to acquire months ago?

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Yes, another beautiful brush in my hands. It was varnish finished.

Well, this piece of Americana traveled from Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, to Barcelona, Spain, and has been treated with care, and restored here, in Spain, with patience, and a lot of passion by myself, with a lot of love.
With no hurries, thinking about the most suitable finish to apply to this wooden handle, and the color of the letters (you know that I love a bit the colors, life in colors is funnier). No hurries to make dreams happen. No hurries to not damage this beauty and to be sure the restoration deserving the beauty of the piece. No hurries, not only to restore all its glory, but to provide it with a beauty and attention to detail even greater than when it left the factory. To make it a piece worthy of admiration, in all its glory. To give it a new and long life in a good home, where it will not feel alone, because it will be accompanied by other beloved brushes in my arsenal, and will be used for time to time to make it feel useful, for what was manufactured and restored with passion, not forgotten in the bottom of a dark, damp drawer. Well, I'm feel like a poet, today. Excuse me, please.

No hurries also, because the Pure Tung Oil needs long times of curation. One immersion and several layers have needed some weeks of curation hanging on a cord of paracord in my outdoor balcony.

First I wet the knot. I masked it with masking tape and fastened with a zip tie. I cut it with a kitchen knife, and then I drilled with caution to go releasing the bristles. When I got it to moving a little and saw that the ferrule can be unscrewed from the tail, I unscrew the ferrule of the handle, not without difficulty. Cleaning the ferrule inside, even completely removing the metal ring and buffing it. The wooden handle has a central hole. I screwed on it an M6 screw , as a mandrel , and placed it in the drill with a table stand. I sanded it to remove the old varnish and polished with 0000 steel wool . I filed some flat surface of the handle tail, and I got it ready to apply the Pure Tung Oil . The ferrule was placed on a mandrel and sanded with wet sandpaper until grit 1000 and then some plastic polish with a cloth. Repainted with Tamiya acrylic matte yellow enamel. Finally the metal ring was also sanded and buffed, and was epoxied around inside the ferrule in the correct position. Here the pics of the brush at this stage, the wooden handle, without applying Tung oil.

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About the Tung Oil, the one I used was this.

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A three-minute immersion in a mixture of oil and white spirit 50%
Remove the excess with a cloth. Several days of drying. I think one or two weeks.
Sanding with very fine sandpaper and polishing with 0000 steel wool. Second coat with a cloth with a mixture of oil and 25% white spirit. More days of drying. No hurries. A lot of days. Polished again with steel wool. And several layers of pure tung oil with a cloth and polishing with steel wool. A lot of days. I think in total more than one month. Finally polishing with a cloth. For doing this, it was mounted in the drill over the installed mandrel inside the handle, and about 1200 - 1500 rpm.

And we go with the brush specs and the pics of the finished restoration.

Knot: The Golden Nib Finest Badger F2 18 mm
Height : 125 mm
Loft : 47 mm
Whole handle: 78 mm
Ferrule : 24 mm
Handle : 54 mm
Weight : 38 gr
Knot : 21.3 mm
Ferrule : 26.5 mm
Top : 30.7 mm
Narrow : 12 mm
Wide : 26 mm
Base : 20.5 mm

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Here detail of the glued knot. Absolutely clean. You know I'm a perfectionist. It was glued by the rear. The thin plastic washer of 0.3 mm is an idea to fill completely the gap between the epoxy and the tail of the handle giving it gliding properties to be able to unscrew the ferrule even a lot of time has been passed and they be sticky. I prefer not to glueing the ferrule to the handle for two reasons. It is perfectly screwed, it is sure, no gets water inside (I have checked it), and I want to be able to mount again the handle on the mandrel in the future and refinish it with another coat of oil if it is needed or even with a coat of wax, and buffing it. If I glue the ferrule with epoxy I will not be able to do more maintenance of this kind. I have not applied wax, because it is a final coat. No other finish can be applied over it, and I want to try the pure tung oil coat first. There's always time for a coat of wax, and if I can remove the handle from the ferrule, I can do it whenever I want.

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And pics after bloom, first use, today.

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Well friends, hope you have enjoyed with my chronicle. Excuse me for bothering, if it was the case.

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 10-20-2013, 10:38 AM
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What planning, passion and perfection! Buen trabajo, Profesor.

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 10-20-2013, 11:02 AM
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(10-20-2013, 10:38 AM)kentclark Wrote: What planning, passion and perfection! Buen trabajo, Profesor.

Thanks, my friend. The affordable luxury exists! Today I am very happy!

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 10-20-2013, 11:04 AM
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That's a great looking brush now, very classy.

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 10-20-2013, 11:06 AM
  • Hanzo
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  • Oakland, California
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Beautiful brush restore .Smile

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 10-20-2013, 11:50 AM
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Here you can see my homemade mandrels.

M6 screw and drawer knob modified with a M6 recessed nut. Also an eyebolt for hanging on a cord.
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Masking tape if needed something thick for good fit
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To handle by hand and hanging on a cord, without touching the part.
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To place on the drill
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Anoter mandrel for ferrules
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An example with another brush not finished
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 10-20-2013, 01:09 PM
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Congratulations, Juan! The brush looks great! Biggrin

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 10-20-2013, 01:12 PM
  • Agravic
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  • Pennsylvania, USA
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A meticulous and impeccable job well done, Juan ... Bravo! Biggrin

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 10-21-2013, 04:10 AM
  • skeptik
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  • The Piedmont, VA
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Well done, Juan, I sure would enjoy seeing more of your "frame by frame" restorations, remarkable work.

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 10-23-2013, 01:24 PM
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Fantastic Work! Enjoy seeing the process too...

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 01-19-2014, 04:30 AM
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Thanks friends. Today I've shaved wit it!

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 01-20-2014, 05:48 AM
  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Wow! Juan, I love that brush. Congratulations on an amazing transformation.

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 01-20-2014, 09:33 AM
  • JRod22
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  • Baltimore
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Wow beautifully done. You really brought that brush back to life. Great work and attention to detail.

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 01-20-2014, 11:29 AM
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Thank you friends. The thing is a cute thing! When I shave with this humble brush, I get more peace for my soul than with more expensive brushes. Men, this is my brush, rescued from hell, treated with love and passion, with all the time and efforts needed, and brought to a new and better life. Is one of my favourites, sure. Its shape, dimensions and color are spectacular. Really a delight!

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