Broken Machinist Level Restoration

פורסם בתאריך 18 נוב 2021
I wanted one of these Starrett precision machinist levels, but I didn't want to pay over $100 for one. I ended up finding one on eBay with a broken vial that I could easily restore which I thought was the perfect option for me.

Also, I got a lathe now which is cool. All I gotta do now is make sure my ways are level because they currently are not... Time to go buy some shims and spend a few hours messing around with that.

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  • I love watching you work; it's so inspiring.

  • Anyway I really like how you managed to restore this beautiful piece...you are the man !!! 👍👍👍

  • Nice job. I have a NOS one of these and it is a beautiful piece of kit. As others have said about your lathe, it doesn’t have to be level as long as it’s not twisted.

  • Well done, I used plaster as well. You sure made a nice job of repairing it. Isn’t it amazing how how little you need to adjust the bubble to make a big difference. Cheers Stuart 🇦🇺

  • It looks great and you did a wonderful job restoring it as well!!!! I hated seeing Japanning taken off for just raddle can to go back on Enjoyed the video and I gave it a Thumbs Up

    • Yeah could at least powder coat to protect from brake cleaner, I wish he would have use japanning as well

    • Yeah same. Also no primer so it will come off soonish

    • I was thinking the same thing! Good point.

  • Un nivel de esa calidad y precisión vale restaurarlo y tenerlo en excelentes condiciones. Felicitaciones por tu trabajo y te envío cordiales saludos desde La Ciudad DE Buenos Aires Argentina.

  • Great Restoration! We're glad to see that you didn't sandblast the precision surfaces, and took care in calibrating it

  • I remember an old machinist telling his apprentice that the bubbles in Starrett levels were actually goldfish farts, poor kid believed him.

    • In our shop we once told an apprentice to go to the chef's bureau to get a spare bubble. 😂

    • LOL I need to tell the guys in our (machine) shop that. Too bad we don't have any interns right now. Our youngest guy is 18/19, graduated high school last year and started as an intern before coming on full time after graduation.

    • @jake smerth Sparrow farts are so ephemeral! It must take dozens of birds for each new plaster. I wonder why we never hear of seagull farts? Seems so much more economical.

    • @Givulinovich That's just a silly old wive's tale. You need sparrow farts for that.

    • @jake smerth Ahh… New England goldfish farts. I once heard that you can use them in place of a mustard plaster for pain relief. Is that true?

  • Awesome job on the restoration,I have the exact same rabone machinists level in mint condition still in the original box has probably never been used.

  • Beautiful. I so enjoy watching you work,👍🏼

  • Nice work! Good idea to bore the cross level larger.

  • Very nice clean up 👍 turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

  • A modern level would probably just be replaced. I have mad respect quality craftsmanship in the manufacturing AND the restoration.

  • What a nice looking piece. Great work

  • Supposed to be a brushed finish though, well done

  • It looks good as far as the refurbishing part, but I would have it put on a Precision grinder to Make it flat and true on the bottom surface.

  • Looks like you have some work to do on your lathe. Enjoyed the vid, needed some of the info you presented 👍

    • As long as it's not twisted! The lathe can work if it's not level, but you don't want a twist because you'll get tapered parts.

  • Muito bom !

  • *restores precision level* *tests precision level* "omg, my whole workshop is leaning!"

  • These DIY projects are nice… right up to the point where he has to fire up his $$$ tooling lathe!

  • Beautiful restoration mister good job well done

  • this is perfect restoration 👏

  • Very clean restoration! What was the original filler/adhesive, and the stuff you used afterwards? Some kind of resin or plaster?

    • beeswax was the original.

    • @John Connor eugh whatever.

    • @bjørn Tønnesen Sorry,I'm not an expert on these things...it was just an opinion.

    • @John Connor the resin never runs that thin and there’s no wood powder that’s that fine

    • And yet,I think it was resin with wood powder...

  • I have the exact same level which fortunately is in no need of restoration. Mine doesn't have nuts for adjustment but circular disks with holes around the edge to accept a pin tool.

  • Great job. Very handy tool.

  • What did you use for the setting compound around the vial?

  • Lovely job, what was the 'paste' you used?

  • Unique piece,good video.just keep doing what your doing 😎😎👍👍

  • Nice restoration I to need the glass level to restore my Mason's broken spirit level, which was accidentally broken by my father in law, unfortunately both have departed, but I feel in debt of my Gentle Mason .😥

  • I really like your work, but it would be nice, if you inform about all the fluids and powders you use.

  • good job dude . professional . Patience . enjoyable . May the God give you the strength👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • I have 12", a 8", and a 4" like this one. They are Starrett machinist levels. I setup pool tables and this is the type of level you need.

  • Fabulous ❣️ Enjoyed that. Thanks.

  • Everyone in the comments praised the restoration but gladly not the ASMR. Would have loved to hear commentary rather than close sounds. Loved seeing this tool come back to life!

  • Im a machinist own 2 of those but not that old definitely an antique.

  • Sweet job!

  • Well done! 😃👌🏼

  • Very cool well done.

  • Great work looks brand new

  • What's the outside bit that twists for? A protective cover for the glass?

  • Awesome clean work...kudos 2 u🇺🇸🇵🇷

  • Very nice work ! 👍🙂

  • beautiful piece!

  • Excellent work

  • Great work👍

  • Where did you find replacement glass levels

  • I acquired a similar spirit level that belonged to father after he past away, his is made from brass. He worked as a mechanic when I was a small child in the early 70s, back when swarfega was needed after fixing the car. Unlike now where a device is plugged in and a computer decides which circuit needs re connecting.

  • Looks like it was originally coated with Japanning, and used Plaster of Paris to hold the tubes.

  • I was thinking that nickel electro plating the shiny bits would have been good.

  • How did you calibrate the small level indicator?

  • That old drill bit is a handy tool.

  • I'm gonna guess that was a 3/8" 28 UNF thread you made.

  • I bought a 4' level from Lowe's for about $30 a year or so ago. Thats nore accurate for the ways on a big lathe

  • love these contents many satisfying videos congratulations for the channel 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Great job 🤝

  • I work there..last week was making the brass inside and outside tubes for these

    • @Doodle Caboodle You are right.

    • @Hakeem Hasworth then quit

    • Thanks for your work. Hope you are proud of the brand you work for, and that you are treated/compensated well. I work service for a major test instrument company and can’t say the same for either of those.

  • It's nice they filled it with beeswax, the nut on one side looks like it was a replacement, can't imagine them using two different methods of holding the cylinder down

    • The double nut is needed for calibration. The other end with the screw remains stationary

  • Nice, but why didn't you calibrate the small capsule?

  • Great job

  • Only one question…what about the end bubble?…I don’t get why it was removed when it wasn’t broken…just needed a clean..

  • You do some good work, but I don't count this as a good restoration since you removed the Japanning and used cheap spray paint instead.

  • Sharp idea on drill to clean inside bubble

  • wow really amazing dear i love this

  • Best restoration moment Shooting blasting paint removal

  • Craftsmanship!!👍👍

  • Excellent!

  • После таких манипуляций он теперь погоду показывает

  • creo que la tuerca no corresponde,mejor la otra parte

  • Интересно, а какого года выпуска этот уровень? И что за фирма, которая производила такую вещь?

    • @Упырь Лихой на 8:23 можно заметить, что Starrett продолжает ампулы выпускать :-)

    • И где берут к таким вещам запчасти?! Это что-то)

    • Это Starrett

  • Good job😍👍👍👍

  • Метрологи плачут горькими слезами после просмотра этого видео.

  • What paint did you use?

  • Level that lathe!

  • Only this Guy!!!- Makes a video where you actually replace the level water!!😅😅😅 Longest running joke for Noobs on jobsites is to go find the bottle of level water in the truck.😅😅😅

  • You did your level best!

  • I see you too own a rare screwdriver adhesives applicator.

  • Поперечный маленький уровень был не откалиброван.

  • If you'd like to make sure the Bible is centered when installing, use calipers to measure from the edge of the tube to the inside marker on each side.

    • Lol. I clearly let autocorrect get away from me. I don't even remember what I was trying to say.

    • Wouldn't want the Good Book to be off center.

  • Really interesting 👌

  • I did not net the calibrating part. Nice job.

  • Hello guys lathe life hack for you, when threading with a tap or die for lubrication, you can use old pork fat.

  • и какая точность уровня? Явно не машиностроительный.

  • You can get spirit level bubbles at Amazon. Pack of five bubbles for £5

  • 😍👏💟

  • Wow, I break these on a reg basis. Cheap to replace.

  • Is it just me or do the sounds not match up with the activity?

  • Red vials are ground and more accurate than the black.

  • 👍👍👍

  • Nice work 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Restoration ASMR

  • My dumb ass thought the thumbnail showed a lightsaber. Ain't regretting clicking on it, though.

  • Is it a restoration when you spray bomb it. Not original that's for sure

  • If you are interested in upping your game, I recommend watching the "My Mechanics" restoration channel. To me he is the gold standard of restorations.

    • I disagree. He doesn't only restore, he is more into the restomod business. He creates the inventors' and engineers' wet dreams. 😜

    • I was thinking the same thing while watching this, video is good but my mechanics is simply on another level

  • Dude, you sandblast off the original Japanning and replace it with spray paint?!? Then you lap the bottom to get it flat but never check it for even lapping. Yes, the level is adjustable, but there is no excuse for shoddy work. And then you buff the nickel plating of the knurling on the adjustable end of the level. You should have just replaced the vial and given it a good wash and left well enough alone.

    • @C. Brion Kidder And maybe to "restore" something is to make it "like new". Which means after the restoration, it will have japanning like when it was new.

    • maybe spray paint is sufficient. calm down

    • @Restoration Station Since you removed the Japanning anyway, and it was just surface rust with no pitting, you could have dunked it in Evap-o-rust or some other rust eating liquid. You also could have used a soft wire wheel. Or even just a good wire brush. You could have checked for even lapping with a micrometer or even a caliper along the machined edge. You also could have laid another level across the screw bosses that secure the level portion of the tool and checked for level. I have lapped outboard engine heads and small engine heads just like you did to get them flat, but they aren't a precision tool like this level. I understand it's easy to criticize. The world is full of critics. Please in the future try to think more about the finished product in your restorations. Yes, your level looks fantastic but is it accurate? It's a Machinists level after all.

    • Please explain how to check the level for even lapping and how else you would have removed the rust

    • not mentioning he did not check the lateral level which is not adjustable.

  • super tare

  • THAT WAS JAPANEED not painted. Don't tell you are restoring when you are NOT!!!

  • 7:10 оh no... 7:12 NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!

  • perdon,lo he mirado en amazon y esta correcto.Mis excusas

  • I get that he went for an ASMR approach but the sounds are off and too exaggerated for my taste..quite annoying and hard to keep watching actually, timing seems off on many occasions and too amplified

  • mmmmmmm Better Than Burring, my favorite!