No soundtrack, no commentary, just old toy restorations
June 23, 2019 9:19 PM   Subscribe

 
! I am very excited for this!
posted by Going To Maine at 9:57 PM on June 23


I post the barn find piano one to my FB friends a few weeks ago, with the comment that sand blasting looks like magic.
posted by fings at 10:03 PM on June 23


At last, I've finally found my ASMR videos!

Also, at the end of the Little Lady Range by Kingston video, I love that he bakes brownies and scrambles an egg while still wearing the gloves.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 10:09 PM on June 23 [8 favorites]


I can’t count the number of times I get sucked down the wordless restoration video hole and these are among the best of the genre.
posted by Big Al 8000 at 10:24 PM on June 23 [2 favorites]


> "I post the barn find piano one to my FB friends a few weeks ago, with the comment that sand blasting looks like magic."
Magic? This is magic
posted by Pinback at 11:22 PM on June 23 [6 favorites]


Man, I am loving these, in the same way I love watching informercials for cleaning products. Must... resist... going... to... Harbor Freight.....
posted by Hal Mumkin at 3:18 AM on June 24


I have to get one of those Little Lady ovens for all my lead poisoning, electrocution, house fire, and gender stereotyping needs.
posted by pracowity at 4:40 AM on June 24 [12 favorites]


I discovered recently that I enjoy watching other people clean cars. For instance the guy detailing this landscaper's very dirty van.

(I actually ended up buying a Bissell Spotclean Pro upholstery cleaner after watching a few videos and checking Wirecutter)
posted by Harald74 at 5:53 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


These videos are particularly satisfying when they use really top notch tools, sandblasting cabinets, ultrasound tanks, powder coating, etc. to do the work.
I too saw one of those car cleaning videos [grossness warning], just yesterday. That car was just a little worse than one of my nephew's car. Same thing though, proper tools and the knowledge to take things apart makes a world of difference.
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:04 AM on June 24


Lately I've really been enjoying Watercolor by Shibasaki

Baumgartner Restoration is also nice.
posted by The Correspondent on the Continent at 6:33 AM on June 24


Love these.

Similar for vintage tools: my mechanics

For mid-century furniture: Dashner Design & Restoration
posted by gwint at 7:05 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


oh HELL yes. oh FUCK HELL YES
posted by Greg Nog at 7:20 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


(omfg this entire post with comments is amazing)
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:20 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


I fully support the my mechanics link ("I make new one" is everyone's favourite moment).

TysyTube Restoration is also very good.
posted by curious_yellow at 7:33 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


I find this deeply spiritual. I want my soul gently taken apart, sandblasted, and reassembled.
posted by condour75 at 8:12 AM on June 24 [4 favorites]


I love that he bakes brownies and scrambles an egg while still wearing the gloves.

How the mighty have fallen!
posted by pracowity at 8:12 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


I appreciate the craft, but miss the wear generated by years of honest hard play. If I was going to go to a toy museum, I personally would prefer to see used toys rather than restored toys.
posted by fairmettle at 9:15 AM on June 24


This is infinitely better than "American Restoration" which, like most reality shows, spends way more time yammering than showing the actual work.
posted by Melismata at 9:20 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


Came to say what gwint said. I like my mechanics restorations.
posted by terrapin at 9:51 AM on June 24 [1 favorite]


I preferred the aeroplane with the patina on it, much as I love seeing things fixed up.
posted by w0mbat at 10:00 AM on June 24


I really like this kind of video. I get using the modern materials (powdercoating instead of painting, using plastic replacement bits in the candy vending machine for the hopelessly rotted zinc die-cast bits), but I do like a bit of the "this has been used" patina. I'll be delivering an old mandolin to a local luthier for restoration soon, and we've discussed in general terms the range and nature of the work. It will be a "Return to playable condition, not factory fresh" kind of thing, although there is still some latitude even in that. There are a couple of videos where Mark Erlewine talks about repairing Willie Nelson's guitar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhQuJTc5yFY), and man, that is a serious job right there.
posted by coppertop at 10:02 AM on June 24 [2 favorites]


That’s a lot of m&m’s for a nickel. I approve. Are those machines that just have unwrapped nuts in them still in the wild? I’m not a picky pants, but those always were the opposite of hungry making to me. Anyone ever use those? Somewhere in my subconscious is imbedded the belief that candy shells are sanitary making.
posted by hilberseimer at 10:20 AM on June 24


I preferred the aeroplane with the patina on it, much as I love seeing things fixed up.

Well, we can probably all agree that the airplane and the Tonka trucks are just damned cool toys, regardless of their condition. Rivets and tabs and stamped metal.
posted by Bee'sWing at 11:55 AM on June 24


w0mbat: I preferred the aeroplane with the patina on it, much as I love seeing things fixed up.

Then you may find Super Satisfying Spiderman Reverse Sandblasting more ... satisfying.

And if you do, here's the airplane restoration video in reverse ;)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:12 PM on June 24


Super Satisfying Spiderman Reverse Sandblasting

I've always imagined that's how airbrush painting works!
posted by moonmilk at 3:45 PM on June 24




This is lovely. I particularly enjoy restoration videos which use professional tools I can never practically own myself. They don't remind me of all the repair and restoration I should be doing on various objects lying around in my flat, or make me consider starting a new messy project which may or may not ever be completed -- I can just relax and enjoy myself. :)
posted by confluency at 4:54 AM on June 25 [2 favorites]


Also, while I understand the sentiment of wanting to preserve the original finish, despite the wear and tear, this kind of restoration doesn't bother me when there is this much rust damage. I feel the same way about vintage sewing machines -- the original decals are a wonderful piece of history, but if the rust is so bad that everything is peeling you may as well go nuts and repaint the whole thing turquoise.
posted by confluency at 7:44 AM on June 25 [1 favorite]


Oh wow, this channel is exactly what I need right now! Trying to cool down from the heatwave in Europe. Thanks for posting!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:11 AM on June 25


New Tonka truck video requires repairing a bullet hole. These things are really addictive.
posted by Bee'sWing at 2:08 PM on June 26 [2 favorites]


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