Disston Handsaw Restoration #2: Saw Blade, Tote, and Brass Cleaning

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Blog entry by Skip Mathews posted 07-14-2014 02:21 AM 2438 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had a little time to spend today cleaning the old rusty saw.
I used a product called Evapo-Rust that I picked up at ORiley Auto Parts.
I just soaked the blade in the Evapo-Rust while wrapped in shop towels and plastic for about 2-hrs.
Then used a sanding block and 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper to clean off the rust and dirt then switch to 800-grit.
I rinsed the blade in water and dried with a towel, then 0000 steel wool and paste wax.
It has a little rust pitting but think it turned out pretty good.

Until I looked at one of the pictures I didn’t think there was a brand etching but there is just a faint ghost visible.
You can’t look right at it… you have to look at it kind of sideways to see it.

I also worked on the tote. It was pretty rough with no finish so I just sanded it down.
The upper horn and lower clip and horn are missing and will need to be replaced

The brass didn’t look to bad so I just cleaned it with the Evapo-Rust and then brass cleaner.
The teeth shouldn’t need much more than a dressing to get the rust off.
They look pretty even!

You can see the color of the apple wood where I have prepped for new wood.

As soon as I find a piece of apple wood I will finish the handle.
In the mean time I will sharpen the blade.

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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