Yard sale find, and the rehab

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-07-2014 08:56 PM 1748 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First yard sales of the season! Wasn’t that great, but a few gems were found. A bundle of saws files, for $0.50, a little rusty, but they will work.

Picked up two full sized handsaws at another sale. $2 each. Got one because of who made it, and the second one because the handle was a close match. Why?

real cuties, right?

Well the top one will be for parts to rebuild the other one. That one just happens to be the first model of skew back saws Henry Disston made, between 1878-1888. Besides, the plate looked better than the “parts” saw. Maybe a mouse needed some iron in it’s diet? Ok, got the tow totes, as they are called off the plates.

Hmmm, a cut here, and a cut there, should do the trick, I think

The D ( no Hyphen) 8 plate cleaned up real nice. More on that later. Made a few cuts to the parts

A ovetail saw to cut what I needed off the parts tote. Needed to miss the lower bolt holes, for a close match

And now the Disston tote. hand plane and files to dress the areas flat. Found a crack in the handle part, and that threw things off a bit

It would have left a tapered gap where one’s hand would be, can’t have that, so

A slaice of Black walnut, shaped to match the gap. By slice, i mean i sliced off a sliver from a 1×1 piece of scrap. Now I know why I keep them around…

Got the clamps ready for a glue up, with plain old Elmer’s glue. Got to looking at where the one clamp would have to go…...well, there is still some of that scrap left over

So they were used to bridge across some areas, made it easier to clamp it up. set this mess aside for a day.

Brass stuff. Brass wire wheel to clean most of the junk off. The wipe down with a polish.

These are from the parts saw. The Disstons I polished a bit better. Ok, next day, remove the clamps. Sand, sand, file, and sand some more. Old finish was removed, that walnut splice was shaped. Oddly, the replacement part of the tote was just a hair wider the the Disston part. Block plane to level things out. Placed the brass hardware back in place, so they wouldn’t wander off.

Still needing a bit more sanding, though. Tried a test fit to the plate…...hmm, bottom two holes not quite right. Took the plate down to the shop, and fine tuned the curve where those two bolts were. Re-fit to the tote….PERFECT fit. Of course, right

Hmm, looks good from my house. Another look, before the oil finish

After a final sanding, an “oil finish” was brushed on, and wiped off

Wiped off? Yep, I had a small can of Minwax “Provincial” oil based stain. Brushed it on, wait a bit, touch up a couple spots, and wipe off the excess. And cleaned around the tote where the stain got on the plate.. messy, messy. one more gander at a $2 saw

Seems to be a 7ppi crosscut. Plenty of set left. Some of the teeth out near the toe will need to be redone. But, that is why the files were bought, right? well, next up, what to do with some left over parts…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 09:53 PM

Nice constructive save Bandit. Like your functional attitude !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 11:33 PM

Looks as if you’ve got a handle on the handle….
Well, actually on rehandling!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 11:40 PM

I like the way the handle looks with those cleaned up brass rivets.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 03:23 PM

I never find these $2 saws at yard sales… I’ll try to grudgingly feel good for your good fortune… :-)

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