Most of the tools from your father will be steel. so the main
corrosion to remove is rust.
There are quick ways to do this if you have the right machines.
For example a coarse 4 to 6 in dia wire brush on a motor will take
off the rust and not damage the steel underneath, tho you would need
to wear thick leather gloves just in case the brush should touch your
hands! This will take off your skin if your not careful enough!.
To do the derusting by hand, youll need some thin oil, WD 40 is ok
but a bit thin, its basically kerosene with a nice smell added, then
an old table preferably outside with some newspaper on it.
Gloves for your hands and some abrasive paper like wet and dry 240
grit. put the thin oil on the metal and start rubbing with the paper
keep adding lots of oil to keep the rust from clogging the wet and
wipe off with old rags, they make good fire lighting! work away at
all the rust. It will take time but worth it.
You mention a machine shop, why? What they can do you, that you cant,
is surface grind the top of the dapping block to remove any deep
to keep them from rusting, yes a light oiling occasionally to keep
Oil attracts dust.
If your going to use them and your working area is inside your home
then they are unlikely to rust again.
Wooden handles respond well to furniture wax. Tho using a polishing
machine with lustre and a cotton mop will restore wood to its almost
For example Millers Falls hand drills and hacksaw frames from circa
1900 they had either mahogany or rosewood handles.
Marples made lots of cabinet makers wood chisels with box wood
Record Planes also had mahogany handles from around that time. All
But then antique tools are one of my passions.