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Thread: Stanley No. 61 Folding Rule

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    Stanley No. 61 Folding Rule

    An old fella who lives about a mile away has a metal shed crammed full of
    tools, mostly mechanic stuff. He has an auctioneer scheduled to come in
    a couple weeks from now but he has been garage selling on weekends.
    I made a list of metric wrenches that would fill in gaps after my first visit,
    yesterday I went back and picked up a couple wrenches and a holster/pouch
    for Wiss Nips and a Stanley No. 61 folding rule. $10 Total.
    At this point I would like to make a comment or two about Mr. John Walters book.
    I picked up a very good condition paperback copy of the '96 edition for $7.50
    in a local antique shop. I told the owner that, in theory at least, the book was worth
    far in excess of that. It didn't seem to make an impression so I paid the $7.50. Anyway,
    I have found a number of typos in the Stanley Tools book. Also, in the case of the rule,
    the line art illustration for a No. 61 does not look like my plainly marked No. 61. The typeface
    of the numbers is different. No biggie; I am planning on keeping the rule. It does speak on
    whether or not I will keep the book. So far in referring to it, I am opening the book only
    far enough to see what I am looking up. Clean hands, no shop use.
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    What the safest thing to use to try and clean up the boxwood?
    "Outside" is much darker than the "inside".
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    What the safest thing to use to try and clean up the boxwood?
    A furniture oil or mineral oil has worked on mine. My 36" folding rule needed many of the markings touched up with an extra fine point Sharpie. Using a small trisquare when doing this helps. my 12 & 24" folding rules mostly stay in a drawer.

    jtk
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    I’m told Barkeepers Friend works well on those type of rules, but I have never tried it myself.
    Jim
    Ancora Yacht Service

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    Anything used to clean a wooden rule, or anything else for that matter, should be tried on a small area possibly with a Q-Tip to see how it will react.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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