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Posted on Beginner Woodworker/First saw restoration - Need advice

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#1 posted 06-03-2017 03:18 AM

For the Disston you’re not out anything but time and maybe $10 for materials by trying to restore it. Worth it for the experience if nothing else. For the handle I would use epoxy to glue it back together due to it’s excellent gap filling properties. The blade I recommend wet sanding with a hard sanding block starting with about 220 grit paper then finer grits down to say 600. Normally I would recommend a finer grit to start but the rust is pretty bad on that one. There may actually be remnants of the etch left under the rust. A vinegar bath will destroy it.
It’s definitely going to need jointing and sharpening. Maybe whole new teeth cut. Whoever had it in the past wasn’t too careful at best. IF the plate cleans up ok it might be worthwhile to send it out for setting the teeth and sharpening.
Despite the fact that the saw is in bad shape and needs a lot of work to bring back it is probably worth doing. A well tuned hand saw is actually a joy to use and sometimes it’s faster to grab a hand saw for a cut than it is to plug in it’s tailed counterpart.

Oh Yeah, Be careful. Hand saws can be addicting.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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