My Toys #2: Shurly & Dietrich 14" Backsaw

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Blog entry by GMatheson posted 07-27-2012 06:24 PM 3226 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Disston 12" Backsaw Part 2 of My Toys series Part 3: Millers Falls "Langdon Acme" Mitre Box »

Last week I went to my first auction. It was an interesting experience. They had a large selection of tools but most were power tools or socket sets (neither of what I was looking for). The main reason I went to this auction was that they were advertising lots of wood including 100bdf of rosewood. Don’t get too excited I didn’t win that lot but I did come home home with some 17” wide pine boards, 54bdf of ash and 3 sheets of cherry plywood. The ash was a whopping 20 cents a foot :)

So back to the tools… there was a box of handsaws that I bid $2 on and won.

I loaded up the truck and took my winnings home and emptied out the box of saws

A few of the handsaws are sharp enough to go straight into service but the reason I wanted this box was for the backsaw on the far right

Once I was home I took a closer look at the saw. It’s a 14” Shurly & Dietrich backsaw with a straight blade and terrible teeth. When I stood it on my tablesaw only the first and last tooth touched. The middle was 3/8” in the air and I assume it was filed crosscut but there were 3 going one way and then 2 the other and all the teeth were different sizes so I would be guessing at how many TPI this saw actually was.

This problem isn’t really a problem for me as i wanted to file it 10TPI rip anyway.

So like the last saw I took this one apart and cleaned up the plate and brass then gave the handle a sanding followed by my tinted shellac finish and wax. The spline was sticking 1/2” past the plate so I tapped it back into place with a hammer and filed the teeth away.

So now all I have left to do is put on some new teeth then set and sharpen them and I will have another saw put back into service.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 06:42 PM

I like the style of this! Its high quality for sure!

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 05:50 AM

I’ll give you $3 for it, that’s a 50% profit! (grin)

Nice restoration job on a beautiful old wood warrior. May it win many battles for you and for whoever is lucky enough to inherit it from you when you go to join the Almighty Carpenter in the Heavenly workshop. Quality tools like that, cared for as you do, will last many generations. I envy you your new “buddy.”


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