Update // We have been working on a restoration project over the last few weeks that we wanted to update you on. We bought and restored a mahogany + brass level manufactured by Johnson Level Company to replace a level that was lost years ago. The finished project will be uploaded next week, but we wanted to post the details of the restoration process for you to see now. Here is a summary of what we did to the level:

  • Preliminary // We taped up the brass and removed the rubber tips to ensure that sanding would not damage the hardware.
  • Sanding // The level was sanded with 120, 150, and finally 220-grit sandpaper.
  • Cleaning // The wood was cleaned up with mineral spirits to remove the remaining sawdust. The brass was sanded and polished with 400-grit sandpaper.
  • Finishing // The level was finished with four coats of Danish Oil, which soaks in and hardens to keep the surface of the level durable.

Here are some photos of the level in progress: