I am always poking around this site but rarely add anything (sometimes I feel a little guilty) so I guess I should show a little of what I have been up to lately.
I’ve been growing my hand tool collection over the past year but today I think I will focus on some of my saws. A while ago my wife came home from a yard sale with a Disston 12” backsaw.
As you can see it was a nice looking saw for $3 but the handle looked pretty rough
I took this lovely old tool into the garage and took it apart, polished the plate and brass and sanded down the handle.
Once sanded I applied several coats of shellac tinted with a bit of aniline dye powder. Then I wiped on some wax and put the saw back together.
The saw was originally filled 14TPI crosscut and was still in decent shape so I decided that I would just sharpen it. I don’t have any pictures of it in action but this saw cuts really nice.
-- Greg in Ontario, Canada