Hand Saws #1: Wheeler, Madden & Clemson Back saw

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Blog entry by Don W posted 06-30-2011 01:38 AM 8161 reads 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I purchase this saw in a pile of stuff. The goal was to restore it and use it. Here is how I did it.

This is how it started.

I took it apart and covered it with rust remover. I haven’t been able to find evaporust locally. I’ve tried Tractor supply and home depot, along with a few other spots. Here I used Rustoliem rust remover. It really doesn’t work all that well. Once I use it up I won’t buy it again.

Next was off to the wire wheel. I tried the fine wheel I typically use, but it wasn’t working very well. I switched to the course which worked much better. After the rust was removed I switched back to the fine and did it again.

Once that was cleaned, I sanded using 220, 320, and 500 grit. I tried to not hit the teeth with the wheel or the sand paper.

I then gave it a coat of Fluid Film. (This stuff is great for preventing rust)

Next came the brass nuts. I wire wheeled them using the fine wheel, then buffed.

The emblem took and extra step.

A small fine wire wheel and a light touch did the trick.

Next for the handle. I had not noticed the crack before. It had to be fixed. Using a clamp I spread the crack. It wasn’t cracked all the way through, and I didn’t want to make it worse.

Rubbed some glue and forced it into the crack. Clamped it and set it off to the side. Back to the plane restoration for a while.

Once the glue was dry, I sanded the handles. I started with 120, then 180, 220, 320, 500. The I applied BLO with steel wool.

Put it back together and tested to see how bad it needed sharpening. Believe it or not, its still sharp. Its a user.

Tomorrow it will get another coat of BLO.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 01:57 PM

Nice work. Love the look of the handle.

I was having trouble finding Evaporust locally also, so looked on Amazon. About $31/gallon, including shipping, cheapest I found on-line. While hunting it, I hit the Evaporust site. They say keep re-using it until it no longer works. I had been throwing it out after one use. That will make this gallon last a lot longer.

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 10:41 PM

Great rescue.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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