Here’s an old tenon saw that I purchased from Ebay some time ago. I hadn’t done anything with it for awhile so I decided it was time to stop ignoring it. The maker according to stamp on the spine is Abraham Ashton & Sons, Sheffield. I didn’t know much about the company, but it looked like a good candidate for a rehab. Here's some info on the sawmaker.
One of the things that stood out to me was the tapered saw plate (so I thought).
The handle, applewood, I believe, had a lot of character; the lamb’s tongue is usually a good sign in a vintage saw like this. The flat bottom on the handle, which I’ve seen elsewhere, didn’t speak to me, but I knew something could be done about that.
Here’s close up of the stamp on the spine.
And here’s the back side of the handle. Notice what terrible shape the split-nuts were in. All three were present, but this photo was taken after I had removed one of the nuts. It was the only one that came off in a traditional manner. The other two were stuck and had to be drilled out.
I knew I needed to get a new set of split-nuts and bolts for the saw, and thanks to TobyC’s suggestion I found a good source at Blackburn Tools (Isaac Smith). I ordered three bronze replacement sets of nuts and bolts along with this sweet split-nut spanner. I’m very pleased with my purchased—- quality stuff!
So after much sanding on the saw plate, the brass spine, and the handle itself, I had what appeared to be a pretty decent saw. It’s not quite an Andy (Brit) quality restore job, but I’m pretty happy with it. One surprise was that the saw plate wasn’t all the way imbedded in the spine. A little brute force puts it right back in place (I’ve seen it done on videos this way). So it wasn’t a tapered saw plate after all, but no big deal.
I reshaped the bottom of the handle a bit to give it some more character. I used spray lacquer on the handle and followed it up with some paste wax.
Here’s the stamp on the spine; you’ll notice that the stamp wasn’t perfect, but I could still easily make-out the words.
And here’s the back of the saw along with those split nuts.
How could I not include a before-and-after photo?
-- "hold fast to that which is good"