Side project: Dove tail saw - Rust Removal

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Blog entry by blue77 posted 02-09-2016 09:32 AM 1485 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to take apart my “new” saw with only a little trouble, but I’ll wright more about the handle and brass split nut when I get to them.

Now the saw blade is a little rusted… Ok it’s really rusted. To get all that rust off, I’m going to wet sand it. I know that there are products that I could buy to remove rust, but I already have wet dry sand paper. Not to mention that 90% of everything I do is sanding stuff, so why change my mind numbingly dull process now? I start with a good spray of WD40 and some 220 grit paper and went to it. Wearing some plastic gloves is not a bad idea for this step.

I like shiny things, I just do. So I dedicated the next 4 hours of my life to getting this as shiny as I could. I went up to 1000 grit and I am pretty happy with the results that I got.

If I had to do more than one at a time, I might look into another kind of rust removal product. I also got most of the bend out of the saw just by hitting the spine of the saw against my work bench. But I think that I’ll work on the handle before I do anything else with the blade. Thanks for reading, and comments are welcomed. I’m new to all this so your tip’s help a lot!

-- I make bowls and spoons.

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 10:35 AM

Wow! That cleaned up really well, Blue! You’re already farther ahead than I’ve gotten on any of my saws. LOL
Keep on truckin’!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 02:02 PM

Good job Blue, that’s the hard part over. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 02:14 PM

Wow, you accomplished in 4 hours that which would have taken me 4 days ! Looks WAAAAY better then it did !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 03:12 PM

Nice job on that old/new saw.

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 03:51 PM

Looking good Blue, makes me wonder how it got in such bad shape!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 01:09 AM

Wow, what a transition. Now it looks like I would buy it. Good job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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