Rusty Arbor Press - Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 30 נוב 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:

Daniele Castoldi
Noelle Sophy
Adel AlSaffar
Alan Hanson
Amanda Taylor, Esq
Andreswara Hermawan
Andrew Phillips
Courtney Maleport
Dan Williams
Dre Gilley
Hunter R.
Jonas Richartz
Mellissa Marcus
Nick Cannon
Paul Ambry
Paul Mampilly
Shawn Daniels
Trevor Kam
TRG Restoration
Vince Valenti
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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  • The man loves his bevels. Je vois que vous êtes Suisse. Bravo et beau travail

  • This is so satisfying and peaceful I fell asleep binge watching it for like 4 hours😩💀

  • Inteligencia, belleza, maestría. Mi canal de restauraciones favotiro. 👍

  • i love these videos but when you ground off the markings from the bolt felt a bit sad. the markings add a lot to both the look of the machine, and let you look up information on the bolt easier.

  • These videos are so satisfying to watch. You do such great work!

  • Это превосходно! Но как руччкому человеку мне больно смотреть как огромный слой металла снимается с болванки ради тоненькой ножки для направляющей

  • Молодец!!! Тихо и светло завидую набору оборудования в Вашей мастерской.

  • Me: I wonder how many metal splinters he has gotten? His file: Am I a joke to you?

  • Kinda bummed out about the plate

  • I reckon that you could peel hard boiled eggs with that lathe😃

  • Part of me doesn't like calling these "restorations" because you are putting them in a better condition then they would have been when they were new, but none the less your work is very interesting to watch.

  • Du bist echt der Beste!

  • This guy goes through more black nail polish than I did in my emo phase

  • why do you remove the markings from the bolt?

  • relaxing how almost all the shots are the same length 😌

  • 17:18 - Black nail polish eh?? I'm sure it's just a phase your tools are going through.

  • interesante, saludos desde Colombia Sur América


  • It would be hard pressed to believe that’s the same as before. It looks brand new.

  • I like how he uses the tools he restores. Cool to see.

  • Mrs mymechanics: “Why do all my kitchen knives have no edge to them?” Mr mymechanics: 👁 👄 👁

  • Бомба!

  • I would be extremely careful when turning the handle on the lathe if for some reason it hits a friction point it will start to rotate at 200rpm and become deadly ...

  • I am starting to think like this guy when I see the burrs at 12:34 I think "Hey I will file that down at 12:48 !!

  • Whoever invented sand-blasting was a genius ...

  • Today, on " how do they do it" this was a hydraulic press.

  • Beautiful job , well done !

  • Do you have any tips on how to properly dispose of the various solvents, removers, and other chemicals you use? It's always a dilemma I run into, and often am unsure of the correct approach.

    • You can find all the info online about specific solutions :-)

  • Victorinox Pickniker knife ) I've got the same one

  • It would be interesting to compare the weight of a tool you refurbished with an original. I bet you would have taken enough metal shaves to be able to see a difference.

  • Absolute master in metal working, but how much energy is all this costing?

  • so gorgeus !

  • Outstanding work. The result is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Bro , you are the only ☝🏼 on youtube who really deserve 100M subscribers. ♥️❤️♥️

  • Damn. This guy is dangerous

  • I bet when you're typing your captions, "make a new one" is the autofill choice whenever you type "I"!

  • 12:15

  • Mais uma vez, parabéns pelo seu trabalho! Aprecio o acabamento no seus mínimos detalhes.

  • Обожаю этот канал. Столько труда человек вкладывает в порой безнадёжные вещи.

  • Love this one. How do you decide on rust remover or sandblasting? Forgive me if this has been answered 😅

    • When I don't want structure of sandblasting on the part I use rust remover

  • What kind of oil did you use to blacken the heated metal?

    • Here's a video I made about bluing:

  • Absolutely amazing talents on show

  • I always wondered why he use pain stri before and after sand blasting, wouldn't the sand blast remove the paint too?

  • ♥️ Great video ! The video is a masterpiece ♥️

  • Psycho lol. Nice job.

  • Wow! So beautiful! What a great job! This is my favorite restore channel and I always look forward to see what's next on the list!

  • خث٢خ٤

  • Do you melt down the metal shavings to reuse them to save on costs?

  • indonesia 🇮🇩😍😊🤔👍👍🤦

  • Did you get a new paint shop?

  • 1:56 cum

  • Гравер!!!!!!Engraver!!!!!!

  • dissapointed to see that you removed original manufacteur plate.

  • Making the table for the bottom of this is the coolest thing I’ve seen you do and I’ve seen a lot

  • I just want to know what you do with all these tools, amazing.

  • You restore things to a condition better than when they were new! Great work.

  • Do you ever say how long or how many hours work each project takes? Not interested in the cost. Just curious how long

  • Субтитры на русском языке пожалуйста.

  • The always perfect " I make a new one" .

  • Awesome.. the plate look 2 new

  • At about the same time that you did your arbor press I found a "Dake" brand one ton arbor press made here in Michigan, USA. It's a very cool compact press, perfect for my small shop. Mine was also missing the slotted rotating base, but making one was too hard as I don't have access to a lathe anymore. Since Dake is still in business , I ordered the closest size that was a bit too large. I just ground down the OD using my fine grinding stone on my large grinding motor. A very simple, fast and easy solution. BTW, I restore Austin Healeys sports cars as a passion for my own use. I also have a small restoration hobby business restoring Bakelite horn and turn signal switches for British cars. I am jealous of not only your machining skills, but would love to have a Mill and Lathe for my home shop. I have a question, instead of machining the pin for the rotating plate from all one piece, I was wondering why you just didn't drill a hole and insert a threaded pin to save the excess machining, wasted metal and time involved?

  • Please wear up gloves T.T

  • he really hates sharp edges

  • Sir. Your work is EXCEPTIONAL 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻, My thought would be to maintain the original label of authenticity , with your plate, c90% size … just below… just my though

    • It's not original label, it was just put there by the previous seller

  • Is the reason why you elected to use paint stripper before sand blasting because you didn't want to contaminate the blast media after you blasted the arbor? If that is not the case why use harsh chemicals to strip the paint when you were going to sand blast the tool any way?

    • @my mechanics Got it, thanks.

    • Sandblasting media is very expensive and it turns bad a lot faster when there's a lot of dirt or old paint in it.

  • Nice job

  • What brand nitrile gloves do you use? They seem to hold up well to chemicals. Also, you have to be one of the finest machinist/fabricators I have ever seen. Your work is impeccable. I enjoy watching your videos and look forward to new ones. I have learned much from your videos. Thank You.

  • Please wait atleast 24 hours while using paint remover and rust remover for best result.

  • My favorite meditation technique!

  • Super

  • Magnifique

  • another amazing job. What happens to all the metal shavings? Do you somehow recycle those?

  • 9:18 I sneezed so hard lol

  • As a note, these are not restorations, they are "resto-mods". my mechanics are not trying to bring it to original state, but a state that is different (some may say better) than the way it came from the factory. I only say this because restoration has some a different value structure for people who care about how a tool came from the factory and a resto-mod would take that value from the tool

  • Rule number 1: Countersink Everything.

  • thats... not paint stripper

  • Please do sand blasting

  • What type of filler do you use? Love your work and aspire to be there someday. Great passion. Thank you

  • Totally amazing.... Worth watching... Love this guy

  • 🕎👍!!

  • I just love this thing, I love love love watching you use it in your other videos it's gorgeous. I _love_ the color

    • Yeah what a great tool it is indeed to have in the shop.

  • I love it when he says "I make a new one"

  • Why my mechanics don't like sharp edge 🤔

  • At around 9:30 you almost milled your milling table Next time you can try to put a sacrificial piece of steel or aluminum between the piece and the milling bed so you can avoid damaging it Keep up with the good work God bless

  • The craftsmanship though

  • Why putting hot metal parts in oil turns them black? Is it just for aestetic purpouses, or is there another reason?

  • What is the purpose of removing the paint and gunk before sandblasting? Seems like it could all be done in that step, but I also have no idea what I'm talking about.

    • The sand blaster being used is a recycling blaster, so they reuse the media- and if you were not recycling it then it's fine to use it to remove paint. But here you'd be mixing old paint with the media, so you don't want it gumming up the system. The media also will go bad faster.

    • You see, you gotta separate the pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis from the photosynthesis and you will form your answer

  • Making cigarettes while watching this and it takes me two tries to get the empty tube on the machine because of sugary delicious MOUNTAIN DEW. Meanwhile watching my mechanics do this: 5:52

  • Good , good , good

  • This is my favourite video so far! Love the colour you chose :)

  • I don't really like the idea of using body filler on cast parts. The fact that it's cast is part of the charm and character of the tools. Remove sharp edges, sure, make it show-car smooth, eh, not so much.

  • In the Brütsch/Rüegger catalog they call this a "piercing press".

  • why filler? restoring doesn't mean flat and shiny...

  • Very NICE!!!!

  • How did you not nick your mill table

    • I was away from it still 0.2mm

  • That Victorinox.

  • Absolutely beautiful.

  • Super 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏🇧🇷👍

  • Is it just me that thinks he shouldn't take off the imperfections in the cast? Also Why some people use paint stripper and then sandblast? Can't you just sandblast?

  • Nice job but no to the my mechanics badge should have put Original name tag back on.

    • It wasn't original, just added by the previous owner. Since I'm the new owner I have my badge on now