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Home: Here you'll find a brief overview of what we do and how we got started.

Presentation cases: A special tool mounted in a presentation case after restoration makes a great gift. Cases come in a variety of sizes, not all of which are shown. Feel free to contact us with questions.

Profiles: A brief look at the individuals who have had an impact on the development of this site.

Before and After: Check out some of the restoration work we've done. Tools are grouped by category, including Boring Tools, Clamps, Edged Tools, Levels, Marking & Measuring Tools, Masonry Tools, Planes, Pliers & Wrenches, Saws, Screwdrivers, Smoothing Tools, Striking Tools, Torches, and a Miscellaneous page. The introduction contains a brief explanation of Pitting. If you still can't find what you're looking for, be sure to browse our Also for sale tab. There, you'll find hundreds more restored tools for sale. 

Mystery Item: Every month, we feature a mystery item for readers to guess. The winner gets a Busen Restoration magnet and recognition on the website as well as our Facebook fan page. We've archived the following months:

December 2015

November 2015
October 2015
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July 2015
June 2015
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March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

December 2014
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December 2013
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December 2012
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December 2011
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December 2010
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March 2010
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January 2010

Projects: We take on a number of personal projects in our free time. This page shows the process from start to finish. Check out the following featured projects:

Dry sink
End tables/coffee table
Butcher block
Glass class
Stained glass
3-Legged table
Copy press
Industrial carts
Chest of drawers
Computer desk

Techniques: Here you'll find the techniques we use and why we use them.
Citric Acid: Great for removing rust
Electrolysis: Also great for removing rust
Rust Deterrents: How to keep rust from reforming
Vibratory Tumbler: Another way to remove rust

Resources: Over the years, we've found ourselves referencing a number of resources. Here, we share with you the ones that have been most helpful, including The Art of Fine Tools, by Sandor Nagyszalanczy, Classic Hand Tools, by Garrett Hack, and the Dictionary of American Tool and Machinery Patents, by Alvin Sellens. You'll also find a brief description of and links to the following websites:

WK Fine Tools
Alloy Artifacts
Disstonian Institute
Toolmera Press
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Google Patents
Mid-West Tool Collectors Association
Hyperkitten Tool Company
Timeless Tools and Treasures

*Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents

Lamps, etc.: Our interests expand beyond tools. If you're wondering what some of those interests are, you've come to the right place.

   Classic Artists
   Historic / Biographic
   Religious Themes
   Vintage / Retro
   Wall Boards
Art Glass
   2-color bracelets
   Single-color bracelets
   Key fobs
Wounded Warriors 
   Nashville Rescue Mission