A cute little squirt

Friday we went on a hike and went through Roslyn, Washington on the way to the trail head.  On the way home, we stopped at the local Grocery/Sundries store.  Inside I found this little guy shoved back in a corner with a lot of other craft stuff.  (I also found a cool unmarked No.  4, but I resisted temptation.)

With a little scrub behind the ears and Evapo-rust bath, here’s how he turned out.

Cute, huh?!

TFE String with Teflon – used to line the inside of the cap.

9 thoughts on “A cute little squirt”

    1. Well, I had a Teflon hose repair string kicking around the garage for hose bib I need to repair. I used a piece of that to line the inside of the top where it mates with the top of the can. When I screwed on the lid, it compressed the little Teflon string and seated the top.

      So, no, it doesn’t leak. :o)

  1. Yes, but it’s not only the top that I find typically leaks. Its the bottom seal where the body meets the base. I’m batting about 50% on these as well. I’ve tried clear silicone on the bottom with varied success. Some I’ve given up on and they’re just decoration now. I went ahead and bought the Goldenrod set when Lee Valley was selling them. They have far less character, but so far, no leaks. (It doesn’t make me stop buying a small one when I see it in an antique store for a few bucks, though.)


    1. Oh, that’s good information. Something to look for when one is buying these guys. I got lucky with this one. The bottom is nice and tight. See picture above.

      I also wonder if the fact that I tend to use pretty thin oil makes leakage more likely.

    1. LOL! Well, it was corrugated, unmarked, really rusty and looked a lot like the # 3 I just fixed up .. sigh. I’m supposed to be making a desk .. not playing with old tools. 🙂

  2. Hi Marilyn, would you send your email address to me please? I saw where you had your mitre box restored. I have 244 that needs repair, just one piece, and want to send a photo to you so perhaps your guy can take a look, thanks, Rick

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