Vintage Kitchen Scale Restoration – The Masterpiece

Last time I scrolled through eBays antique section, this nice little antique kitchen scale caught my attention at the first sight. It was a little bit expensive with a price tag of $75, but I didn’t even thought twice about buying it. I fell in love with it right away.
The paint looked very bad, it also had some dents and some signs of its age. It was still working and had a new screw added, I guess someone quickly fixed it before selling. The plate did sit way too loose on the top part, that made me suspicious that it isn’t the original one. After disassemling I thought this will be a very quick and easy restoration, but one thing came after the other and it tourned out to be the most challenging one i’ve done on this channel so far.
I wanted to have a super glossy and perfect paint job. For that reason I applied three coats of high build primer after the regular primer and filler. Wet sanding with 400 and 800 grit made the base super smooth and perfectly even. Then it was time to apply two coats of light ivory. After it dried I masked it again and painted the brillant blue. The paint turned out absolutely amazing.
The old glass cover was too messed up to even try to clean it. I milled a new one on the tiny cnc-milling machine. Instead of painting the back of it gold, I decided to mill a brass foil to put it underneath. I cut some threads into the housing and fixed the class with fake rivets in a brushed look.
The whole mechanism of the scale needed much attention. I had to remake some parts that got destroyed during the disassembly. But the most difficult parts were definitely the aluminium part and the paper scale. This was my first attempt ever in metal spinning. After a few tries I knew how to do it and I was able to make an absolutely perfect part. The scale was warped due to the disassembly with water, so I had to make a new one from scratch. It required a lot of math to calculate all the diameters and angles, but it turned out very well.
I spent a long time thinking about the plate. After my success with the metal spinning of the aluminium part I decided to try to make a new one out of a copper sheet. I made a negative form as a template out of wood and than spinn the copper sheet on it to a plate. After a failed tries, I suceed. The key point was to heat the sheet up before hand to make it soft. I then sanded it all clean and soldered a ring on the back.
The plate, The scale with the aluminium part and the glass cover with the brass foil were definitely my personal highlights of this restoration. I think this is definitely one of the most favourite project I’ve done so far. It was very challenging and I had to learn many new skills to get the job done. After all I’m very happy with this restoration.

I hope you like my work and the video.

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웅록 윤

Time and costs of this restoration:

I was working on this project for 4 weeks
$25 kitchen scale
$20 2k primer
$30 high build primer
$30 2k coat light ivory
$30 2k coat brillant blue
$25 brass foil
$5 transparent plastic
$10 copper sheet
$5 aluminium sheet

My camera:
Panasonic HC-V180

If you have any questions about the process, machines i’m using or other stuff, just ask me in the comments. I read them all and i try to reply as soon as possible.

Sorry for my bad english, it’s not my language. I try my best to improve my technical english.

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50 Comments

  1. Alex Fox on June 15, 2020 at 9:50 am

    This is stunning work… when you attached to the ring to the weighing plate, what is that method called?

  2. Human Being on June 15, 2020 at 9:51 am

    17:54 hahahahahahaha "BYE" That was so funny!

  3. J G on June 15, 2020 at 9:52 am

    I watch these on 2x speed lol

  4. Martin Deehan on June 15, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful!

  5. Василь Распотнюк on June 15, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Марина, бомба!

  6. Nimish Parikh on June 15, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Excellent workmanship. You are truly an artist with a passion for perfection.

  7. OrphanCrippler on June 15, 2020 at 9:59 am

    or you could have just let it rust

  8. Luke Houdini on June 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Vintage Kitchen Scale? I’ll make a new one

  9. Marki on June 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    This was more a making video but none the less satisfying

  10. Erhan Kıraç on June 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    l love you

  11. Johnny R on June 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

    This old Saturn V rocket broken. I make new one.

  12. Mona S. on June 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Sometimes the YouTube algorithm is drunk, and sometimes it sobers up and gets it right. Today it’s on point, so it must be sober. 🙃

  13. Mordul on June 15, 2020 at 10:02 am

    да это не восстановление а изготовление нового…

  14. Gonzalo Tapia on June 15, 2020 at 10:03 am

    So, basically you made a brand new scale using some parts as a blueprint

  15. Unauthorized on June 15, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Wait a minute, how did you use the sandblaster if you turned it off? 🤣🤣👍🏻
    He’s using HACCs guys…
    Also. That’s a nice arbor press 😁👍🏻
    Great job as always! This looked like a heavy maintenance project.
    I am wondering why you used blueing for some parts and oil for others, though?

  16. My Self on June 15, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Unreal

  17. K.P. Brückmann on June 15, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Der Wahnsinn! Diese Arbeit ist unglaublich, welch ein Aufwand für die Restauration dieser Waage. Vielen Dank für diese Einblicke in deine Arbeit.

  18. Josh Josh Spangler on June 15, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Brilliant! I could watch this all day. Amazing knowledge and know how. Good for you.

  19. Evil Yoda on June 15, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Genius craftsman..
    Arguably the best on YouTube

  20. Aslan Chanti on June 15, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Respekt !!!!

  21. Gungepup on June 15, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Can you tell me about that single-point cutter that you use around 18:10 to cut the screw slot, and where you got it? I’ve never seen one of those before and I’d love to check them out!

    Thanks a lot, and keep up the awesome work! Your videos are always a joy to watch, and very inspiring for my own novice shop work.

  22. Moto Arte Garage on June 15, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Really amazing! Congrats! Big fan

  23. Rashid Mozeb on June 15, 2020 at 10:15 am

    This is not repair or restoration. This is Arts!!

  24. grace lackey on June 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Hes getting too powerful, he’s using previous restorations for new restorations. WHEN WILL THE CYCLE END

  25. TheDman2013 on June 15, 2020 at 10:16 am

    This was seriously the most mesmerizing video I’ve seen. You are beyond talented. Keep up the amazing work. Serious works of art.

  26. Jason Edwin on June 15, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Where do you find this stuff?

  27. Human Being on June 15, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Dude you did not weight ANYTHING on your scale after! What a disappointment!

  28. AMuhsin on June 15, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I make new one

  29. Human Being on June 15, 2020 at 10:21 am

    My Mechanics: Ima gonna restore this freaking kitchen scale!
    Kitchen Scale: You can’t restore my each and every part!
    My Mechanics: Meh. I’m just gonna make em all new!

  30. dicknodnfs on June 15, 2020 at 10:22 am

    To the uninitiated, your pace may seem slow when you reassemble, so that they can see the process. Actually, you’re qualifying for pole at Indianapolis. Every movement is taken carefully but with experience. Your version of 225 MPH. Another amazing video.

  31. Илья Инфант on June 15, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Это потрясающе!!!

  32. ainchamama on June 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

    You know, there’s something to be said about a person who is willing to go through the hassle of restoring something that is much cheaper to just replace. Kitchen scales are 20 bucks and are probably more accurate than this one, but this guy proves there’s more to restoring something than just making it function again. I hope he keeps all the stuff he restores and passes it down for generations. Amazing work.

  33. Marshmallow Princess on June 15, 2020 at 10:26 am

    “I’ll make a new one”
    Yes the reason you are husband material. Continue

  34. ps on June 15, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Between your machinist and artistic talents and Paul Carlson’s electronic wizardry, I’m always blown away by the sheer skills you’ve mastered. Love your work, keep it up! I have to imagine you were just really sick of driving to the hardware store for screws 🙂

  35. Wesley Hutcheson on June 15, 2020 at 10:27 am

    This looks like something in spongebobs house

  36. WILLIAM NEISSER on June 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

    that was freaking awesome

  37. pyrotfd on June 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Everyone on Youtube: "Fix your broken switch of the sandblaster"
    My Mechanic: blurs switch
    lol…

  38. PrimRoseD on June 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

    This was incredibly relaxing to watch. Not sure what that says about me 🙂

  39. Eli Barbosa on June 15, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Very relaxing.

  40. McCormickfahrer on June 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    14:45…. not really…. swiss precision …. respect!!

  41. Paco Carrión on June 15, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Restoration??? this is creation!

  42. Greg Grimer on June 15, 2020 at 10:39 am

    And after 6 days God saw what He had made and rested. My Mechanic, made new one.

  43. David Johnson on June 15, 2020 at 10:39 am

    My mechanics: I see the earth is broken I make new one

  44. Shane Powers on June 15, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Dat paint job????

  45. Calamity Jack on June 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Ah, my monthly meditation on meticulousness. Excellent travail, monsieur!

  46. Baron Lio on June 15, 2020 at 10:44 am

    But…there wasn’t anything wrong with it

  47. Ruaifi Kids Toys on June 15, 2020 at 10:47 am

    really very nice video

  48. Rustam K on June 15, 2020 at 10:47 am

    what was blurred on 2:48?

  49. Clyde Craft on June 15, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Asmr tool scraping channel

  50. Human Being on June 15, 2020 at 10:50 am

    @My Mechanics 2:48 Why did you censor the pilot switch? Top secret?

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