THANK YOU LINDA AND MICHAEL AND EVERYONE WHO POSTED AND LINKED.
Your advice, blogs, articles, video and pictures saved me. I am new to beekeeping and had one super to harvest. Yea! However, I missed being able to extract with my local beekeepers club, could not borrow an extractor, could not find one to buy (those nuts on Ebay are paying full price for used extractors!) and did not have the time to clean/de-rust/fix older models for sale.
Your step-by-step instructions and supply lists were perfect! My one worry was that I had wax wired foundation in all my boxes. But I was ready to pick out the metal bits if it came to that.
However, I did not need to. I did not start by cutting out the comb from the frame, thought just maybe I could filet cut the frames. I did not have an uncapping fork, so I started to poke with a spoon. As I scratched at the caps, a big chunk of comb/honey easily peeled off of the original foundation layer! I was able to gently scrape comb/honey off of both sides without tearing the middle layer. Left with my frame and foundation layer intact.
Everything else went just as you all said - even to the point of my 2 english springer spaniels licking up every drop of honey that was on the cardboard and that made it to the floor.
Thanks for the cost saving tips of paint buckets, paint strainers and even those great blue plastic gloves from Lowe's. Needed those, the bees got REALLY mad by the time I was taking out and brushing off the 3rd frame. (did not have a bee escape or fume board) The cotton cloth cloves that come with start up hive kit were useless, got a sting right through. Pulled my hands back into the sleeves just as millions of bees coated and chomped from their backsides on the fingers. I knocked the bees off by slapping the empty clove hands on my garden posts and then put the blue gloves right on top of the cotton ones. Little difficult to bend the fingers, but good enough to get the job done. Bees still really mad, but no more stings.
Again thanks to everyone on this forum, I read so many tips can not name all the helpers. I have my first crop of bottled honey ready to give to friends and neighbors.