...is my treasure and my wife’s entertainment. Part of my day job is doing service calls on a variety of issues relating to locks and doors. As such I meet a lot of people. Today I had the fortune of meeting Bill. Bill was a navy man in WWII and had his ear drums blown out by a deck gun. We were chit chatting as I did my thing and an antique work bench sitting in the corner came up. He asked if I wanted to buy it, I did and got it for cheap complete with a fair number of tools. It’s not huge but it is full of awesome! It came with 2 drawers full of stuff, most of it screw drivers and wrenches, but also a few gems including a 14” back saw. After noticing the taper from the heel to toe, I became somewhat giddy. Keep in mind, I’ve been wanting a good back saw for a while but never did pull the trigger on it.
Anyway I get the thing to my basement, which acts as my winter shop as my real shop is not yet heated and I have this allergy to sub zero temperatures complete with runny nose and shaking. This winter I plan on using the time to practice using my hand tools and maybe even crank out a nice hand tool toolbox, using all hand tools. Heck why not? Gotta do something to keep warm. Well, something else anyway.
So I set up a piece of poplar in the vice and give the thing a push. Wait for it….nothing. Well, not nothing but not much either. A spork from Taco Bell might have had more success at this cut. At this point I feel it is necessary to point out that Chris Gochnour has a fantastic tutorial on how to sharpen saws here. After watching it, I realized with some surprise that I actually had a saw set. It’s a Morrill Improved #1 that I picked up at a garage sale years ago because it looked cool. I haven’t gotten the saw all the way sharpened yet but it’s certainly a good way to start my hand tool winter.