Rusty Arbor Press - Restoration

  • Published: 30 November 2019
  • In this video i'm restoring a rusty arbor press.

    Ever since I started my channel I had an arbor press on my wish list to restore. Not just because it's an interesting good looking item, mainly because I want to have one in my shop. So I got very excited when my friend called me two weeks ago and told me that he has found one on the steel waste. It's a small Fehlmann arbor press, they're very famous in switzerland for making the best ones.
    I choose turquise blue for the main body and painted the letters black and I really like how to colour turned out. Unfortunately the table was missing, so I had to make a new one. I first planed to mill the slots on a CNC milling machine, but I couldn't get access to one in time so I decided to make it manually. It took some time to find a way to make them, took even more time to make them, but the endresult speaks for itself. It turned out absolutely perfect. I went with bluing on the gear part of the handle and sanded the handle itself. The name plate was from the previous seller of this press, it's a well known seller for machines in Switzerland. As the plate was too damaged to use again, I decided to make my own „my mechanics“ plate out of aluminium. It took me three tries to get it to work and I ended up with a very nice and clean plate at the end. I went with a brushed finish for the name plate, as it fits the other finishes very well.
    Overall I'm very happy how the press turned out. I really like the contrast of the different colours and finishes and I'm more than happy to finally own an arbor press in my shop. This tool will be very usefull and will for sure appear in future videos.

    I hope you like my work and the video.

    Huge thank you to all of my Patreon and PayPal supporters and specially to:

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    Dan Williams
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    Yale Baker
    Zachary Grimes


    00:00 preview
    00:42 disassembling
    01:36 showing all the parts
    01:45 removing the old paint with paint stripper
    02:38 sandblasting
    03:27 restoring the main body
    04:12 applying filler on the main body
    04:45 sanding the unpainted surfaces of the main body
    05:14 masking the main body
    05:32 applying two component primer on the main body
    05:41 applying two component coat „turquise blue“ on the main body
    05:51 painting the letters black of the main body
    06:12 making the missing table on the lathe and milling machine
    10:20 cleaning the other parts with the parts washer
    10:41 removing the rust with rust remover
    11:20 restoring the gear rack
    12:31 restoring the handle
    14:28 restoring the bolt
    15:00 restoring the big washer
    15:44 making a new name plate
    17:39 showing the parts before reassembling
    17:56 reassembling
    18:55 showing the finished restoration
    20:04 final test

    Time and costs of this restoration:

    I was working on this project for 1 week
    $30 arbor press
    $50 primer and coat
    $8 steel for the table
    $10 aluminium sheet for the name plate

    My camera:
    Panasonic HC-V180

    If you have any questions about the process, machines i'm using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

    Sorry for my bad english, it's not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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Comments • 2 723

  • kingtalo97
    kingtalo97  19 hours back

    wiso schribsch alles uf englisch????

    • John Rowley
      John Rowley  20 hours back

      I wish you had kept the zurich label as well as adding your label, keep it’s history

      • FNX GIGA
        FNX GIGA  2 days back

        Very Good

        • Jurassic WoodMark
          Jurassic WoodMark  2 days back

          When you quench in oil, what kind of oil is it? Love ALL your videos!
          Cheers from Nova Scotia 🇨🇦

          • ness page
            ness page  2 days back

            Could you restore a kenwood chef A700 or A700D ?

            • DashDrones
              DashDrones  2 days back

              This thing was built to last forever! A bit of grease and it would have worked far better. The restoration was sweet though

              • CrazyMoFo
                CrazyMoFo  2 days back

                He probably built all machines he used himself.

                • Vasiliy Belyanin
                  Vasiliy Belyanin  2 days back

                  And the main job is a watchmaker, and here you let off steam?

                  • Muhammed Anshas
                    Muhammed Anshas  2 days back


                    • Ramirez king
                      Ramirez king  2 days back

                      Why sandblasting can't be done at first place ?

                      • José Duarte Miranda
                        José Duarte Miranda  2 days back

                        Fine videos. What camera, microphone, tripod, and editing software do you use for filming? The technical quality is excellent.

                        • Zech Merquise
                          Zech Merquise  3 days back

                          Thank you for demo the machine. I knew what it did but wanted to see it in action. I liked and subscribed.

                          • Moonik Lee
                            Moonik Lee  3 days back

                            It's not technology, it's art!

                            • Adrien Palermo
                              Adrien Palermo  4 days back

                              Tes vidéos sont super relaxantes. Surtout quand tu polis les pièces en métal ou quand tu les laves dans ton lavabo rouge ou quand tu sables les pièces ou même quand tu les peints au pistolet à peinture.
                              Merci bcp !
                              Et surtout merci de ne pas accélérer tes vidéos, de faire un montage vidéo en vitesse normal !! Parce que en vitesse accélérée c’est stressant xD

                              Merci ! Et continue !!!

                              • Jaycalsun
                                Jaycalsun  4 days back

                                Anyone else wonder why he’ll polish a spring, but not a single part on this project?

                                • Josie Slaten
                                  Josie Slaten  5 days back

                                  I am new to you channel, and in you discription you said your english is bad. If that is so where are you from. 🤷‍♀️ You dont have to get into detail. 🙋‍♀️

                                  • scurvofpcp
                                    scurvofpcp  5 days back

                                    Work a little oil into those moving parts before you pull that out! Saves on the banging!!

                                    • angel2of7death
                                      angel2of7death  5 days back

                                      That color is glorious!

                                      • Shi
                                        Shi  5 days back

                                        Your skills are definately improving! The part where you heat-treated only one of two interlocked parts felt like showing off, though :^)

                                        • Jack Reeve
                                          Jack Reeve  6 days back

                                          so good to see you using your own restored tools keep it up.

                                          • Josh Stabler
                                            Josh Stabler  7 days back

                                            Is 15:34 to “case harden” the piece, or just to create the blackened finish? Both, correct?

                                            • Jackie Raulerson
                                              Jackie Raulerson  7 days back

                                              I love seeing you use your formerly restored tools. Another great job!

                                              • Kyra S.
                                                Kyra S.  7 days back


                                                • Ray Stevener
                                                  Ray Stevener  1 weeks back

                                                  Sharp edges: *Exist*
                                                  My mechanic: We don't do that here

                                                  • James Hanoomansing
                                                    James Hanoomansing  1 weeks back

                                                    better than best

                                                    • Daniele Dal Col
                                                      Daniele Dal Col  1 weeks back

                                                      Where do you store all the things you restore?

                                                      • Che _
                                                        Che _  1 weeks back

                                                        всё отлично, но табличку зря сменил. надо было оставить родные надписи.

                                                        • david brown
                                                          david brown  1 weeks back

                                                          Nice one! Boooom,

                                                          • Robby Jr
                                                            Robby Jr  1 weeks back

                                                            That's a great mini press .Great job on the resto👍

                                                            • Louay Alsafan
                                                              Louay Alsafan  1 weeks back

                                                              Hehe I'am sure,you are switze

                                                              • Emma Lawrence
                                                                Emma Lawrence  1 weeks back

                                                                I love all of your restoration projects.. 👍🏾

                                                                • Gatien de Meulemeester
                                                                  Gatien de Meulemeester  1 weeks back

                                                                  Hey MyMechanics, love what you do! I was just asking; what is the usefulness of this tool?

                                                                  • hrl.d
                                                                    hrl.d  1 weeks back

                                                                    I love this channel
                                                                    - new subscriber 2020 -

                                                                    • reeosva
                                                                      reeosva  1 weeks back

                                                                      You are so careful man! Thats why you should post more often!

                                                                      • Laffik
                                                                        Laffik  1 weeks back

                                                                        You are the best of all restavration channel what i`ve seen. Bravo! Thank you for your perfect and beautiful work!

                                                                        • KMills
                                                                          KMills  1 weeks back

                                                                          Why strip the paint before sandblasting? Assuming this gets asked a lot. Does some paint not come off with sandblasting or does it mess up the machine?

                                                                          • fartwrangler
                                                                            fartwrangler  1 weeks back

                                                                            You certainly do like your chamfered edges, don't you?

                                                                            • AJ K.
                                                                              AJ K.  1 weeks back

                                                                              Hey man! Love the channel! After blasting try not to touch the bare steel with your hands! It puts chlorides on the part, increasing the rate of oxidization!

                                                                              • Jasen Hansen
                                                                                Jasen Hansen  1 weeks back

                                                                                I stole the table just so I could watch him make one... Worth it!!

                                                                                • Nancy E.
                                                                                  Nancy E.  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Wow..really great to watch!

                                                                                  • AirSoftMaverick3232
                                                                                    AirSoftMaverick3232  2 weeks back

                                                                                    skookum as frig

                                                                                    • Camden Dexter
                                                                                      Camden Dexter  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Thanks for demonstrating what the tool is used for, I had never seen an arbor press before!

                                                                                      • Len Miller
                                                                                        Len Miller  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I'm guessing you had an incident as a child with a "sharp edge" because you sure do seem to dislike And what is that tape you used for the label?

                                                                                        • Manyak Catlak
                                                                                          Manyak Catlak  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Ist dein Bandschleifer- Poliermaschine selbst gebaut oder gekauft

                                                                                          • sultan jaber
                                                                                            sultan jaber  2 weeks back

                                                                                            best channel on youtube

                                                                                            • 냥.
                                                                                              냥.  2 weeks back

                                                                                              11:56 눈뽕

                                                                                              • George Ilienko
                                                                                                George Ilienko  2 weeks back

                                                                                                Могу ли я отправить Вам медный дровяной самовар из России для восстановления?

                                                                                                • Vishal Jawda
                                                                                                  Vishal Jawda  2 weeks back

                                                                                                  Time waste money waste