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Blog series by Don W updated 08-05-2011 02:36 AM 9 parts 112765 reads 121 comments total

Part 1: Wheeler, Madden & Clemson Back saw

06-30-2011 01:38 AM by Don W | 2 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: My Disston 70

06-30-2011 01:44 AM by Don W | 16 comments »

I hit a few flee markets today and I’ve been looking for a dovetail saw. On the way I stopped at a barn sale. Besides a box of misc plane irons for $5, I picked up this sweet little gem for $8. With my internet research it looks like a Disston 70. I plan to sharpen it, clean it up a bit and use it. Cleaning. It didn’t take much. So Cleaned up and sharpened, it came out pretty nice.

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Part 3: E M Boynton rip restored

07-03-2011 02:22 AM by Don W | 9 comments »

So, this sad looking piece of machinery was in my chest of stuff. It was calling out my name in hopes of a new future. It was made by Eben Moody Boynton, Saw Manufacturer and Inventor - New York, N.Y. It seems he made saws in the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Its broken handle concerned me and it was rusted pretty bad. The long ago repair was so imbedded. some of the wood screws refused to come out. Trying to make a strainght cut with a hack saw in wood, is always a c...

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Part 4: Simonds Saw Restore

08-26-2011 07:23 PM by Don W | 9 comments »

Its a Simonds Hand saw. It looks like they stopped producing saws in 1926, so I just know its probably older than that. It was in pretty good shape, so it didn’t take a lot of restoration. I didn’t do a great job documenting the processes but it went like this:For the blade -1. remove handle2. soak in evapo-rust3. hose off evapo-rust4. wet sand with 600 grit and wd-405. Cover etch with painters tape to protect from wire brush6. wire brush with fine wire wheel7. a little more we...

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Part 5: Hand Saw restore references.

09-10-2011 02:48 PM by Don W | 22 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with any of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, Its not a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. My Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying threadAnd Andy's Saw Talk A MUST SEE Andy's Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video Other Reference Sites lumberjocks blogs...

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Part 6: A Millers Falls 74c Miter Box

10-02-2011 11:08 PM by Don W | 24 comments »

I’ve wanted a miter box for a while, and had my heart set on a Millers Falls. I’ve looked at a few Stanley’s, but passed mainly due to price. While at an antique shop a short while ago I found this. Its a Millers Falls Langdon Acme Miter Box model 74C. Once i got it home my intend was to just clean it up good and use it. I do remember walking to the shop one evening after work thinking, “maybe I’ll clean up the miter saw”, but I don’t know when it became a com...

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Part 7: A couple more restores

02-03-2012 11:06 PM by Don W | 14 comments »

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 soak...

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Part 8: S. Biggin & Sons Backsaw Restore

06-29-2013 12:39 AM by Don W | 9 comments »

So here is the before of the S. Biggin & Sons – Sheffield Backsaw I picked up for next to nothing. So far all I can find is its From 1852 to 1856. So it took some handle work. I didn’t try to match the old and new. I didn’t have any apple, and I kind of like the “I’ve been fixed better than new” look anyhow. And after some soaking in evapo-rust, sanding and more sanding, some wire brushing and some polishing it came out like thi...

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Part 9: Bow Saw build

08-05-2011 02:36 AM by Don W | 16 comments »

So I’ve wanted to build a bow saw for a while. My goal was to get it completed this week. Additional finished pictures in the project.Wood used was Ash for the frame and white oak for the rope tightener. So I started by cutting the 2 side pieces. I marked them out free hand and cut them on the band saw. Next I cut the mortise. So forgive me I used the machine. I used the radial arm saw to cut the tenon, and cleaned it up with the shoulder plane and chisel. ...

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