Saw Restorations #1: Spear & Jackson 10" Carcase Saw

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 03-02-2014 03:06 AM 3459 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back I bought this saw either from ebay or an auction. Can’t really remember. Anyway, it was in kinda rough shape with a lot of rust.

You can almost tell that it says “Spear & Jackson Sheffield” on the spine.

This saw has brass split nuts. and a beech handle.

I haven’t had the pleasure of unscrewing split nuts until now, so I had to improvise a split nut driver from a 1/2” spade bit.

With the saw all apart, it was time to start de-rusting the saw plate. Per the suggestion of Don2Laughs on the Saws thread, I decided to buy the Klinspor Sandflex Abraser blocks for rust removal.

I have to say, though you need some elbow grease to use them, they do work pretty well. Pictured are the Fine, Medium, and Coarse blocks.

I will admit that I did the opposite side with a random orbit sander at 220 grit. Just faster, and I was getting pretty impatient.

Next I sanded the handle by hand with 220 grit and applied a couple coats of BLO.

I had to really crank on the split nuts to try to get them to seat flush with the handle. It didn’t quite work, probably because the nut threads were bent. So, I had to power sand the sides of the handle to bring the split nuts flush.

And, again, more BLO for the handle. I had to sand the split nuts so much that I doubt anyone will ever get them off again (slots are toast).

Now on to sharpening. From what I could tell, the saw was filed crosscut. I have never filed crosscut up until this day. Not knowing really what to do, I decided on 10 degrees of rake and 20 degrees of fleam, and the teeth were at 14 tpi. Whoever sharpened the saw prior to me did a real hack job of it so I had some fixing to do. It’s not perfect by any means, but better than it used to be. And for my first crosscut, I’m pretty satisfied.

Another first for this saw – I had never used a saw set before either. I forget the model of this set, but it is a Stanley. I set it to “16” but really have no idea what that means.

It seemed to work out fine though. It cut through this scrap of hickory with no issues.

Thus ends my first ever saw restore. I wish the saw plate had some out a bit shinier but there’s not much I can do when the plate is pitted so bad.

In any case, the saw is now ready for another 100 years of use. Thanks for reading!


The day after I finished the restore, I decided to make a tooth guard out of leather.

They’re really quite easy to make if you have the right tools.

If you don’t have the tools, my brother and I can make them for (I think) a very reasonable price. Please shoot me a PM if interested.


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#1 posted 03-02-2014 03:23 AM

im amazed! looks great

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 12:16 PM

Nice restoration. Another fine tool back on the job.

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 05:44 PM

I know that you will love that old saw … I call my restored carcass saw Rip … no it’s not a ripsaw, it is a cross cut, but it’s a play on Rip Van Winkle.
Enjoy that saw.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 06:34 PM

Solid work all the way around on a full soup to nuts restore. Another hundred years of service will prove to be well worth a couple hours of your time. Ya done well on this one!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 04:25 AM

You did a nice job. That’s a skill I’d have to learn. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 03:25 PM

Great job, I have a couple of hand saw hat I need to sharpen and h ave never learned this task

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 11:45 PM

A snazzy restore. The numbers on the set, is the tpi. By you setting it to 16, you were close to the 14 you could have set it at.

-- Lynn Bradford | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 01:38 AM

Thanks WodDawg. I thought it might be something like that but wasn’t sure.


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