Kiwi tussock
I have purchased a large Swage Block which was found buried in a garden.  It looks like its been buried for 20 to 40 years at least.
Consequently, its got a lot of rust and no surfaces are smooth.
It doesn't look to have ever been planed but maybe its just too weathered to enable that to have sign.

Sorry but I haven't got around to photographing it yet.

I cant find any identifying marks on it but then, it maybe because of all the surface rust an its just not visible YET.

I have used a powered rotary wire disk on some surfaces and that brings up a reasonable surface but it cant get to all areas, so I am thinking of sand blasting it.

If or when I have it sand blasted, what would you suggest to coat it with?

With thanks
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Anthony San Miguel
Good score. Everybody wants a swage block, even if they rarely use it. They are just cool to have.

I got mine a few months ago and even though it was only about a year old it was kept outside and not well taken care of. The first this I always do when I get a tool that's old or rusted is let it soak in a good lubricant overnight. I usually use WD40.

I hit my swage block with a wire wheel on an angle grinder and then smaller wheels on a drill, but I still wasn't able to remove all the rust in every shape. I was okay with that. I sprayed on another coat of lub and let it sit again overnight and wiped off the next day. Then, I rubbed on a coat of Johnson's Paste Wax.

I'm pretty sure when you post pics it will be pitted from sitting in the garden so long and you won't be able to remove all the pitting. That's okay, the shapes are still useable.

As to the maker, unless you are able to recognize the specific pattern it will probably be very hard to identify because many foundries used to make them without putting any kind of makers mark.

Here is what mine looks like. It's the one sold by Pieh Tools or Blacksmith's Depot, I don't remember which right now.
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Anthony San Miguel
One thing that I haven't tried yet but I've seen it work really well at removing the rust is electrolosys.
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Kiwi tussock
A photo of the beast.

I smile to myself when I see this. 
My dear wife just couldn't understand why I got so excited when it looked so promising that I was going to win the auction. 
THEN when It WAS won, and I was expressing my joy of it, she just sat there with that TOTALLY BEWILDERED look on her face.
What joys a man has, ay! (?)

Hey Anthony, whats the product you mention?  Over here, one of the products that Johnsons supply, is furniture polish. 
Is that, what the product which you mentioned, is?
I suppose its the wax in it that could be the "Bees Knees" if it is indeed that sort of product.
Anyway, thanks for the worthy suggestion (if my assumption is correct).

By the way, just under your name, is the words  "Swaging Member"  Whats that about?
I had a look for that heading but could find it.  Does one have to join to be in certain interest groups on this site?
It looks like I Up set folks cause I'm listed as "Upsetting Member. 
Yep, I have to admit, I sometimes upset my dear lady but that shouldn't be known of here!  Just cant trust the internet ay.  Must be the spy cameras in the screen.


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Hank Rearden
First of all; nice find! You're going to make a few of us crazy with envy. I want to find one yet.

If you have access to an industrial sand blaster that would be the quickest and easiest way to clean it up. Bees wax mixed with oil makes a nice paste.
Swaging member refers to group identification by the number of post the individual member makes. Right now your an upsetting member. Tried to use blacksmithing terms to make it fun. Otherwise it really means nothing at all. You need three post to become Drifting member. Below is the member groups and number of post needed. The exception is members who are moderators in a forum. ie: Iron In The Pot. "IITP"

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Anthony San Miguel
Goodness, that looks FANTASTIC! Congratulations! I also know the feeling of elation when you win some wonderful blacksmith object at the auction. My wife was also with me when I won my Austrian anvil.

Johnson's Paste Wax is just an inexpensive furniture and floor wax that is good for restoring and preserving wood, metal and leather. I just learned about it a few months ago but now I put it on everything in the shop. There are probably plenty of similar products where you're at.
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Wow that's a good score! I Was told that soaking really rusty things in water will make the rust loose and come off easy, kinda crumbly. It worked for me on an old rail road bolt.
Honestly that looks pretty good as is to me. Yeah I'm jealous
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Ohio Rusty
Congrats on your swage block find !!
I have one of the newer swage blocks that were sold by the blacksmith group in Oklahoma. Mine has a very rough sandy feel to all the shapes and there are mould lines around the outside. I have been using wooden dowels the size of the half rounds on the edges covered with sand paper to sand away the mould lines out of those. As for the different size V shapes, I may have to find something matching those shapes to glue sand paper onto to remove the mould lines from those areas. I read somewhere that one of the flapper-sanding disks on a hand drill can smooth up the bowls and other shapes. I haven't tried that yet. I think it is just going to take alot of elbow gease over the winter and alot of different drits of sand paper to make the inside shapes smoother.

Rusty in S.E. Ohio
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