Hand Saws #7: A couple more restores

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Blog entry by Don W posted 02-03-2012 11:06 PM 12720 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a Warranted Superior 26” 4 tpi Rip.

All are basic restores. Soak in evapo-rust. Wire-brush, sand and polish. All handles were sanded down to 500 grit and given a few coats of BLO. I have sharpened to 2 back saws. The rip saw will get sharpened once I get a few new files.

This saw has some minor pitting on the blade. I cleaned it up and wire brushed it. I decided not to sand any further. The character is fine for my shop.

I have a few more to do, so I made a soaking tray. I have one similar for hand planes, but it is to narrow for the bigger saws.

I replaced the missing screw off another parts saw. I’m not sure what would have caused this rust line. The saw is perfectly straight, so it wasn’t bent. It shouldn’t effect the use, and I didn’t want to sand enought to get it out.

Distton 16” backsaw.


A small unmarked back saw. 12”

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 11:33 PM

Nice work Don, ready for another lifetime of cutting!!!

-- "the future's uncertain and the end is always near" J. Morrison

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 11:33 PM

Oh, wow, are these nice! I’m now officially embarrassed by the condition of the saws in my till. Someday, I’ll apply what I’ve learned looking at restores like these and do them justice. I will. But in the meantime, looking is great fun. Congrats and well done, Don.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 11:38 PM

awesome, I have a couple that I got off ebay, and have been trying to do the same thing, I will have to ask a couple questions when I get around to it. Thanks for posting

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 11:40 PM

Very nice work! I just picked up a lot of about 5 old saws today so seeing this has me even more excited to clean mine up… I need to make a large container like you did to soak them in the ER though.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 11:57 PM

I soaked the RIP in evapo-rust. When I took it out I went outside and washed it off with the hose. At that point I could make out some markings that I thought was an etch. I thought it said something like “Blue Boy” Warranted Superior”. I didn’t think anything about it, assuming I would be able to read it better once I wiped it off. The problem is it wiped off with the water. I wish I had payed more attention to what it said. I googled “Blue Boy” Warranted Superior but didn’t get any hits.

Andrew, feel free to ask anything, Also, check out Andy's blogs. His information is extremley helpful. Dan (post above) has some good ones as well.

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

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#6 posted 02-04-2012 12:04 AM

Nice work Don! I love that 16” Disston. In fact, I like them all. Great photos too, they look great against the weathered wood. I wonder if that rust mark was caused by a chisel left resting on the saw for a prolonged period of time.

-- 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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#7 posted 02-04-2012 12:10 AM

Well done Don. They look great.

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 12:39 AM

Thanks for helping me drool on a break.

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

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#9 posted 02-04-2012 01:58 AM

Excellent work Don.

I love the pictures, especially your use of liberal light so that we can see and appreciate the steel shine and wood glow. That 16” Disston is a stunning addition to your saw nest. That size would qualify it for a sash saw I believe…or is the sash a 14 incher? Anyway, having a pair of those, one filed rip, one XC would be a dream. How well does it cut.

I use Evaporust too, but had a nasty surprise when it peeled the original paint clean off a small eggbeater main gear. In your experience, will Evaporust take off the etching on the panel saw I have soaking as I write this?

Andy, you’ve successfully saved the etchings on your restorations using your methods. Have you blogged/posted about what you do around the etchings?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 02:40 AM

No I haven’t yet Brad. It would depend on how feint the etch was and whether I thought it was worth saving. The only hand saws I have sanded with etches were the two Disston D8s I did. I didn’t blog about those though. All I did was sand them gently with a block starting at P180 and working up throught the grits.

-- 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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#11 posted 02-05-2012 02:54 AM

Beautiful Job Don.

Between you and Andy, i bet demand in the used saw market is skyrocketing. You guys are really inspiring.

Thank you for taking the time to teach as you go.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 02-06-2012 02:08 AM

Great restore. When you get all these done where are you going to store them?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 02-06-2012 02:41 AM

probably here

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

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#14 posted 02-07-2012 10:43 AM

Hi Don,
They looks awsome!
I love that you got so much life in those handles.
And that you made the blades still look alive.
Super sweet!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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