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Best Tool Memories #1: The Little Saw that Could -- Great Restoration!

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Blog entry by ForestGrl posted 10-07-2015 02:58 AM 1645 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This little saw was the absolute sweetest, and I thought I’d lost all the pictures, but here they are! This was a restoration I will treasure forever, and I figure if I post it here I can’t lose it again. A tilting-table saw by Inca, highly sought-after and treasured by model makers especially. Swiss-made with their penchant for good engineering. I found it at a huge annual rummage sale (fund-raiser)—had to get up at 6 a.m. to be in line and then run like crazy. Restoration took about 20 hours, using EvapoRust, brushes and steel wool. Really wanted to keep it, but needed the obscene profit margin to get myself started in woodturning.

Slightly sad saw as found, close-ups of how rusty it was follow:

A few of the many rusty parts:

Mortising table

Hold-down assembly, with catalog picture of how it worked

Icky Hold-downs

Pretty little thing when it was done, with “after” pictures of the parts and the table loaded with accessories, as seen in my ad:

Could never have done this without EvapoRust. It didn’t harm the aluminum parts if I had to soak them with a piece of steel (because it couldn’t be taken apart). Easy-peasy, relatively speaking, especially the parts with threads or other intricacies. This was a labor of love!

Thanks for letting me reminisce!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)



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ForestGrl

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#1 posted 10-07-2015 02:59 AM

PS: This was years ago—2009 perhaps?

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#2 posted 10-07-2015 03:56 AM

One more entry in the EvapoRust love-fest. Don’t think these were from the Inca, probably some other project, but check it out:

Rusty

SUPER-clean!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 06:05 AM

That’s a pretty sweet little saw and a nice job of cleaning it up. Sometimes it can be hard to part with the things we fix up to sell. On the other hand I have a whole shed full of things I didn’t need that I fixed up to sell and decided to let rust instead so that now I have to fix them up again before I can sell them.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 10-07-2015 06:48 PM

Wow! What a difference! That came out great. Too bad you had to part with it.

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 01:01 AM

Great restoration, Jamie. I think that is a great commercial for evporust. It really worked goon an all those pieces. Where is it sold?

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-08-2015 02:35 AM

I put it on Craig’s List, got a call from someone in California (I’m near Seattle)!! I had it all packed up to ship to him (no mean feat), and then he decided he’d just come and pick it up. That’s as much as I can remember from that long ago. I generally sell stuff on eBay, but that time Craig’s List was definitely the best venue!

If I ever win the lottery (which takes buying a ticket, LOL) and build a bigger shop, I’ll set aside $$ to buy one of these for old time’s sake. :-)

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 04:52 AM

Jamie,

You certainly transformed that saw! Thanks for educating us about the Inca; we were completely unfamiliar with it.

And, yes, you are a super-commercial for EvapoRust. Are you sure they aren’t retouched photos? LOL

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 10-08-2015 05:42 AM



Jamie,

You certainly transformed that saw! Thanks for educating us about the Inca; we were completely unfamiliar with it.

And, yes, you are a super-commercial for EvapoRust. Are you sure they aren t retouched photos? LOL

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


I should be so good! Get a job with National Enquirer. :-0

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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